The New York Mets extended their winning streak to five games with a 6-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. Relief pitching bailed Chris Young out of a shortened start and the bats continued to showcase their strengths. The Mets record currently sits at 10-13 as they inch their way closer to a .500 record.

Chin up, Murph! You're doing great.

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The Scoop:

Chris Young, fresh off the DL, faced off against youngster Jordan Zimmermann in the opener of a three-game series. Young yielded fly ball after fly ball, but three of those ended up over the left field fence. Luckily for him, all homers were solo shots. Young pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out three. All in all, I’d say he pitched decent enough considering he was restricted to throwing 85-90 pitches on the evening; however, I’d like to see him command himself better in his next start.

The bullpen was strong, only giving up one run over 3 2/3 innings in relief of Chris Young.

The Mets offense is coming alive! In the 2nd inning, they scored the first two runs of the game via small ball. Josh Thole drove in Jason Bay with a ground out to shortstop. Shortly after, Chris Young drove in Ike Davis with a sacrifice bunt. The Mets tacked on another run in the 3rd inning on a Carlos Beltran double that, at the time, put the Mets up 3-1. In the 6th inning, Thole doubled in two more runs to break a 3-3 tie and give the Mets a modest lead. As the Nationals inched to only one run down in the 8th inning, David Wright brought across Jason Pridie on a ground out to the pitcher. With a 6-4 lead, Frankie Rodriguez closed it out for his fifth save of the season, and the Mets fifth consecutive win.

The Positives:

Offense Explosion: Ever since Jason Bay returned to the lineup, the Mets offense has been tearing it up. Tonight, they scored six runs on twelve hits and a walk. Over the winning streak, the Mets have outscored their opponents 33-14. If they keep up the run production, they will see .500 sooner rather than later.

The Negatives:

Wright: David Wright has been way too streaky to start the season. He went 0 for 5 in tonight’s game, while driving in a run on a ground out and striking out twice. Though his other stats look strong, he is only batting .247 through the first 23 games…

Interesting Facts:

  • Both Ike Davis and Carlos Beltran are riding an eight game hitting streak.
  • Ryoto Igarashi was credited with tonight’s win. He pitched 1/3 of an inning.
  • The Mets have not lost a game with Jason Bay in the lineup this season.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets continue their road series against the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. Game Time 7:05 PM on SNY.

NYM R.A. Dickey (1-3) 4.10 ERA vs. WASH Tom Gorzelanny (0-2) 4.96 ERA