Ryan Zimmerman hit a broken-bat, 2-run single off Bobby Parnell in the 9th to propel the Nats past the Mets.  The loss snaps the Mets’ 3-game win streak and drops them to 67-70.

The Nats looked like they had this one in the bag early.  They pounded an ineffective Dillon Gee for a 5-0 lead after 2 innings, lowlighted by opposing starter Tom Milone cracking a 3-run homer.  But the Mets got 4 back in the 4th to get themselves back in the game.  They would even take a 7-6 lead on Lucas Duda’s sac fly in the 7th, but Bobby Parnell would let it all go to waste.  He only recorded 1 out in the 9th, while allowing the winning runs to score on Zimmerman’s bloop.

Hittin' 'em where they ain't (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

3 Up:

Nick Evans: Capped the Mets’ 4-run 4th with his 4th homer of the year.

-Middle Relief: Pedro Beato, Danny Herrera, and Manny Acosta combined for 3 shutout innings.

Angel Pagan: 2-4 with 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.

3 Down:

-Dillon Gee: At this point in the season, you don’t know what you’re getting out of him.  His second-half ERA is now 5.20.

-Bobby Parnell: Still can’t find the strike zone, despite having closer’s stuff.

-Hurricane Irene: Count my block as one of her victims — we were without power until Friday.  A tough broad, indeed.

On Deck: Rubber game, 1:35 PM.

NYM Pelfrey vs. WAS Hernandez