7:05 PM ET, September 18, 2007
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
• Summary: After the Mets built a decent lead on the Nationals, Washington scored five runs in the fifth to take the lead for good and knock the Mets to the losing end for the fifth straight game.
• Turning point: New York scored once in the ninth to slim Washington's lead to 9-8, but pinch-hitter Ruben Gotay struck out with runners at the corners to end it.
• Hero: Ronnie Belliard, who went 3-for-4, capped the Nationals' big fifth inning with a three-run homer, his 11th of the year.
• Hunt for October: The Mets' lead over the Phillies dropped to 1½ games, their smallest lead since a 1½-game edge on Atlanta after games of July 16.
• Figure this: Before leaving with tightness in his left quadriceps in the fifth, Moises Alou extended his hitting streak to 22 games with a first-inning single, one shy of his career best. It's the longest hitting streak by a player in his 40s.
• Up against history: No major league team has failed to finish in first place after leading by seven or more games on Sept. 12 or later.
-- ESPN.com news services
Nationals 9, Mets 8
|The largest leads held in September by teams that did not finish in first place in their league (or in divison, 1969 and later), as compiled by the Elias Sports Bureau. Date of largest lead is listed:|
|Sept. 1, 1938||Pirates||7|
|Sept. 6, 1934||NY Giants||7|
|Sept. 4, 1995||Calif. Angels||6½|
|Sept. 20, 1964||Phillies||6½|
|Sept. 8, 1951||Br. Dodgers||6½|
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:
Alou extended his hitting streak to 22 games, one shy of his career best. It's the longest hitting streak by a player in his 40s. ... The Mets purchased the contract of LHP Dave Williams from Triple-A New Orleans and designated RHP Brian Lawrence for assignment. ... Washington 1B Dmitri Young missed his third game after getting hit with a hard one-hopper Saturday. He had an MRI. No structural damage was found. ... The Nationals have five pinch-hit home runs this season -- three in the past four games. ... Mets INF Marlon Anderson was suspended two games by the commissioner's office for throwing equipment Saturday. He appealed and struck out as a pinch-hitter to end the seventh.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 9-9 (as of Tue 9/18)|
|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||Recap|
|» Tue 9/18||@WAS 9, NYM 8||Box Score|
|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||D Wright doubled to deep center, L Castillo scored.||1||0|
|1st||C Beltran singled to center, D Wright scored.||2||0|
|1st||P Lo Duca hit sacrifice fly to left, C Beltran scored.||3||0|
|1st||E Chavez singled to center, M Alou scored, S Green to second.||4||0|
|2nd||A Kearns homered to left.||4||1|
|3rd||S Green homered to center.||5||1|
|3rd||F Lopez hit sacrifice fly to left, N Logan scored.||5||2|
|4th||B Schneider singled to right, R Belliard scored, R Fick to second.||5||3|
|5th||P Lo Duca doubled to left, L Milledge scored.||6||3|
|5th||E Chavez singled to center, P Lo Duca scored.||7||3|
|5th||W Pena singled to center, N Logan scored, F Lopez to second.||7||4|
|5th||A Kearns singled to right, F Lopez scored, W Pena to third.||7||5|
|5th||R Belliard homered to left, W Pena and A Kearns scored.||7||8|
|6th||D Jimenez homered to left.||7||9|
|9th||J Conine singled to center, S Green scored, C Gomez to third.||8||9|
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|Stadium||RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.|
|Attendance||19,966 (48.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||71 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Larry Vanover, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Greg Gibson|