The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Wednesday night in a back and forth campaign in the late innings. The victory puts the Mets at an 11-13 record for the season. They are now riding a six-game winning streak as they thrust themselves out of last place in the NL East.

 

Certainly the catalyst moment of the game…

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The Scoop:

R.A. Dickey matched up against Tom Gorzelanny in the middle game of the series. Dickey did the job through 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out three. Both runs scored on sacrifice flies, not hits. One thing the Mets pitching staff has been able to do during this winning streak is avoid the big inning. It’s been working in their favor.

The bullpen came on in the 7th inning to spell Dickey and kept the Mets in the game by only giving up one (unearned) run in 2 1/3 innings.

The Mets offense erupted in the 9th inning. Much of it I attribute to Jose Reyes getting called out at third base in the 8th inning. Terry Collins got fiery with the umpire after that play and certainly made a similar impact on the Mets bench. Next, Daniel Murphy came up to the plate as a pinch hitter and put together a terrific at-bat which resulted in a solo shot that tied the game. After falling behind in the bottom half of the inning, the Mets rallied to score four runs in the 9th inning against the Nationals closer to take a 6-3 lead. That was enough for K-Rod to close it out for the Mets sixth win in a row.

Let it ride, Mets fans, let it ride!

The Positives:

Murph: After Jose Reyes got called out at third, Daniel Murphy launched a solo home run to right field as a pinch hitter. At the time, he represented the tying run. Murphy played in only two innings, but went 2 for 2 with three rbis. I’ll sacrifice the fielding for the hitting.

9th inning: Down a run, the Mets offense found a way to load the bases with no outs to start the 9th inning. Four runs scored to put them up 6-3. Frankie Rodriguez closed the gate in the bottom half of the inning with his sixth save of the season.

The Negatives:

Bad Call: Marvin Hudson must be either a Yankee fan or a Phillies fan. In the 8th inning, Jose Reyes tripled to deep centerfield and was called out for “over-sliding”. The replays clearly showed that he kept his hand on the base the entire time. Reyes would have represented the tying run on third base with one out.

Passed Ball: Josh Thole let a ball get away from him at a bad time. The runner moved from second to third base on the blunder. That runner later crossed the plate on a sacrifice fly to fall behind 3-2.

Interesting Facts:

  • Justin Turner drove in his first run as a Met.
  • The Mets catching tandem allowed two passed balls.
  • Pedro Beato earned his first win of his career. He still has yet to allow a run this season.

What’s Next?: The New York Mets look to sweep the Washington Nationals on Thursday night in DC. Game Time 7:05 PM on SNY.

NYM Chris Capuano (2-1) 5.95 ERA vs. WASH Livan Hernandez (2-2) 3.48 ERA