7:05 PM ET, September 19, 2007
RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.
• Summary: David Wright was 2-for-4 with a double, three RBIs and scored once to help spark the Mets' offense as New York ended a five-game losing streak. Moises Alou was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI and Mike Pelfrey allowed three runs over five innings to win his third straight start.
• Mistake-prone: For as well as Wright played, he also had three errors in the victory. New York has 13 errors in its last four games.
• Unsung heroes: Shawn Green was 2-for-2 and scored, Luis Castillo was 1-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs and Jose Reyes was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs.
• Mets not perfect: ESPN.com's Tim Kurkjian says the Mets aren't as good as projected and have their share of problems entering the postseason.
• Hunt for October: With the victory, the Mets moved 2½ games up on the Phillies in the NL East.
• Quotable: "Any time you can get a win, hopefully it gets you going back in the right direction." -- Mets manager Willie Randolph
Mets 8, Nationals 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:
Pelfrey went from July 19, 2006, to Aug. 31 this year without a single major league victory -- starting this season 0-7 -- and now he has three in September. ... After striking out three times in his previous eight games, Logan matched that total in his first three at-bats.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 9-9 (as of Wed 9/19)|
|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||Recap|
|» Wed 9/19||NYM 8, @WAS 4||Box Score|
|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|
|2nd||P Lo Duca hit sacrifice fly to left, M Alou scored.||1||0|
|2nd||J Flores grounded out to third, R Belliard scored, R Fick to second.||1||1|
|2nd||M Chico singled to left, R Fick scored.||1||2|
|3rd||D Wright singled to right, J Reyes scored.||2||2|
|5th||L Castillo tripled to deep center, J Reyes scored.||3||2|
|5th||A Kearns grounded into fielder's choice to third, F Lopez scored, W Pena out at second.||4||3|
|6th||P Lo Duca hit sacrifice fly to center, M Alou scored.||5||3|
|7th||L Castillo safe at second on throwing error by first baseman R Fick, S Green scored.||6||3|
|7th||D Wright doubled to deep right, L Castillo scored.||7||3|
|7th||M Alou singled to left, D Wright scored.||8||3|
|9th||R Zimmerman singled to right, J Maxwell scored.||8||4|
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|Stadium||RFK Stadium, Washington, D.C.|
|Attendance||20,558 (49.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||74 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Greg Gibson, Third Base - Larry Vanover|