7:05 PM ET, September 17, 2007
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
• Summary: The Mets dropped their fourth consecutive game, making four more errors and wasting Carlos Beltran's 30th homer in a loss to the Nationals. Add in their six miscues Sunday, and the Mets set a franchise record with 10 errors over two games.
• Unsung heroes: Nook Logan led Washington with three hits and three runs, and pretty much everyone contributed, including Wily Mo Pena with two hits and two RBIs, Brian Schneider with a two-run double and Ryan Church with his second career pinch-hit homer.
• Turning point: Two of Monday's errors came on consecutive plays during the sixth inning, when Washington managed to score four runs with the benefit of only one hit.
• Hunt for October: The Mets are only 2½ games ahead of second-place Philadelphia, which followed up a sweep at New York by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 13-11 Monday night.
• Figure this: The Mets never had more than eight Es over two games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
-- ESPN.com news services
Nationals 12, Mets 4
The magic number is derived by adding one to the number of remaining games and subtracting the number of games ahead in the loss column from the second-place team. Here's where the leaders stand:
Beltran's two-run homer in the first inning gave him a second consecutive season with at least 30 homers and put him over 100 RBIs for the sixth time. ... The Mets have lost five of their last six. ... Mets OF Moises Alou extended his hitting streak to 21 games.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 9-9 (as of Mon 9/17)|
|Fri 4/13||@NYM 3, WAS 2||Recap|
|Sat 4/14||WAS 6, @NYM 2||Recap|
|Fri 4/27||@WAS 4, NYM 3||Recap|
|Sat 4/28||NYM 6, @WAS 2||Recap|
|Sun 4/29||NYM 1, @WAS 0||Recap|
|Fri 7/27||WAS 6, @NYM 2||Recap|
|Sat 7/28||@NYM 3, WAS 1||Recap|
|Sat 7/28||WAS 6, @NYM 5||Recap|
|Sun 7/29||@NYM 5, WAS 0||Recap|
|Fri 8/17||NYM 6, @WAS 2||Recap|
|Sat 8/18||NYM 7, @WAS 4||Recap|
|Sun 8/19||NYM 8, @WAS 2||Recap|
|» Mon 9/17||@WAS 12, NYM 4||Box Score|
|Tue 9/18||@WAS 9, NYM 8||Recap|
|Wed 9/19||NYM 8, @WAS 4||Recap|
|Mon 9/24||WAS 13, @NYM 4||Recap|
|Tue 9/25||WAS 10, @NYM 9||Recap|
|Wed 9/26||WAS 9, @NYM 6||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Mets | Nationals|
|1st||L Castillo hit sacrifice fly to center, J Reyes scored.||1||0|
|1st||C Beltran homered to right center, D Wright scored.||3||0|
|4th||S Green homered to center.||4||0|
|4th||R Belliard reached on infield single to shortstop, R Zimmerman scored, W Pena to third, A Kearns to second.||4||1|
|4th||R Fick singled to right, W Pena scored, A Kearns to third, R Belliard to second.||4||2|
|4th||B Schneider doubled to deep right, A Kearns and R Belliard scored, R Fick to third.||4||4|
|5th||W Pena singled to left, N Logan scored.||4||5|
|6th||N Logan reached on bunt single to pitcher, B Schneider to third, F Lopez to third, B Schneider and F Lopez scored, N Logan to third on throwing error by pitcher S Schoeneweis.||4||7|
|6th||W Pena grounded into fielder's choice to pitcher, N Logan scored, R Zimmerman to second.||4||8|
|6th||R Belliard grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, R Zimmerman scored, A Kearns out at second, W Pena to third.||4||9|
|7th||N Logan singled to right, F Lopez scored.||4||10|
|7th||R Church homered to right, N Logan scored.||4||12|
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|Stadium||RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.|
|Attendance||18,678 (45% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||69 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Greg Gibson, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|