Series: Game 3 of 3

NY Mets won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, April 3
NY Mets3
Game 2: Wednesday, April 5
in 10
NY Mets5
Game 3: Thursday, April 6
NY Mets10

Nationals 5

(1-2, 1-2 away)

Mets 10

(2-1, 2-1 home)

7:10 PM ET, April 6, 2006

Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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NYM 20031031 - 10 15 1

W: P. Martinez (1-0)

L: R. Ortiz (0-1)

Beltran drives in four as Mets 'fight' past Nats

NEW YORK (AP) -- Brandishing his bat, Jose Guillen charged right out of the box at Pedro Martinez after getting hit by a pitch for the second time.

Two innings later, it took a lot more cajoling to push Carlos Beltran out of the dugout for a curtain call.

Beltran homered and drove in four runs, and Carlos Delgado also connected to help Martinez win his first start of the season as the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 10-5 Thursday night in a game interrupted by a near fight.

Guillen pointed his bat at Martinez and went halfway to the mound after he was plunked in the fifth inning. The slugger was corralled by plate umpire Ted Barrett and Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca as the benches and bullpens emptied. Players ran onto the field quickly, but no punches were thrown.

"I think enough is enough," said Guillen, nailed several times by Martinez during his career. "We used to be friends, but that relationship is over."

The right-hander said he didn't hit Guillen on purpose, he was simply trying to pitch him inside.

"Those pitches just got away. That pitch wasn't really that far in, except he leans over," Martinez said. "I think he overreacted a little bit, especially going out there with the bat. I can understand it if you're frustrated or mad or something. You want to charge, you charge. But don't bring your bat out there. I wasn't scared anyway."

As for Beltran, he hit a two-run homer in the seventh for his first hit of the year. Booed most of the series, he was coaxed out of the dugout to acknowledge the fans by teammate Julio Franco and the crowd of 25,839.

"Put it this way: I'm a friend not only when you're doing well, I'm a friend when you're not doing so well," Beltran said.

He pointed out that he appreciated the way Mets fans supported the team even though they fell short of making the playoffs last year.

But, he said, "I do believe they can be better."

Washington's Nick Johnson also was hit by pitches twice, surely a painful experience on a 50-degree night.

The Nationals hit only one batter, but reliever Felix Rodriguez was ejected when he plunked Lo Duca with first base open in the eighth. Washington manager Frank Robinson then got tossed, too.

Missing his pinpoint control, Martinez (1-0) hit a career-high three batters with pitches. The three-time Cy Young Award winner allowed five runs, four earned, and four hits on 96 pitches in six innings for his 198th career win.

He struck out six, walked five (one intentionally) and delivered a surprising RBI single.

Slowed by a nagging toe injury, Martinez made his only two starts of spring training during the final week of March.

Duaner Sanchez escaped a jam in the seventh to preserve a one-run lead.

Jose Reyes drove in two runs, scored twice and finished with three hits for New York. David Wright went 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs and an RBI.

Martinez's fifth-inning pitch grazed Guillen on the arm. That's when he started toward the Mets' ace, who has never been shy about buzzing batters. Martinez stood calmly on the mound as Delgado and other teammates rushed in front of him to provide protection.

"I know how to take care of it, don't worry," Guillen said with a smile, then referred to the rest of the season series. "I'm going to make sure I play in all the games he's in. ... I want him to throw inside. Now I want him more than ever."

Franco walked Guillen to first base, and Washington pitcher Livan Hernandez also played peacemaker with Guillen and Martinez as the crowd chanted "Pedro! Pedro!"

It was the third time in two nights Guillen was hit by a pitch. Martinez plunked him in the side in the third inning, and the right fielder walked slowly to first.

"I know he was upset. He's been hit three times in the last two days -- I don't blame him. But that wasn't my intention. That stuff happens in the game," Martinez said.

Guillen has often been irritated by getting hit. In 2004 with Anaheim, he complained that Angels pitchers weren't doing enough to protect him by brushing back opposing batters. He was hit by pitches 15 times that season, then 19 times last year -- tied for most in the NL.

Johnson, plunked earlier in the game by Martinez, followed with a three-run homer that tied it at 5.

Both starters threw inside all night. Wright had to jackknife out of the way of Ramon Ortiz's pitches a handful of times. Then he flipped his bat with satisfaction after lining an opposite-field single in the fourth.

Sanchez hit Johnson with a pitch in the seventh.

Delgado gave the Mets a 6-5 lead when he connected in the fifth off Ortiz (0-1), the loser in his Washington debut. It was Delgado's second home run in two nights.

Cliff Floyd added an RBI double off lefty Joey Eischen, a longtime nemesis. Beltran had a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Game notes

One night after hitting his first major league homer off All-Star closer Billy Wagner, Washington rookie 3B Ryan Zimmerman went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts -- three against Martinez. ... Barrett left before the seventh after getting hit in the throat by a foul ball. Crew chief Rick Reed moved from second base to home plate after a delay of about 15 minutes. A CT scan showed swelling of Barrett's throat, but he is expected to be OK. He was released from the hospital and was to travel with the crew to Philadelphia, where he was to have more tests.

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