7:10 PM ET, September 25, 2007
Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York
• Summary: The Mets trailed 10-3 entering the bottom of the ninth, but the Nationals held on to defeat New York despite the Mets' late six-run rally. Washington has won four of its last five over the Mets.
• Hunt for October: New York's magic number was trimmed to four for the division title when second-place Philadelphia lost to Atlanta. The Mets remained two games ahead of the Phillies with five to play.
• Hero: Brian Schneider went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for the Nationals.
• Streak on: Moises Alou had a season-high four hits to extend his hit streak to 29 games, the longest by a player 40 years or older since 1900.
• Figure this: The Mets have lost 5 straight at home.
• Quotable: "I don't believe in psychological wins or momentum swings. But it's good to see the guys fight back." -- David Wright
-- ESPN.com news services
Nationals 10, Mets 9
Moises Alou extended the longest hit streak by a player over 40 (since 1900) with an infield single in the third.
|Moises Alou, 41||29||2007, Mets|
|Sam Rice, 40||28||1930, Senators|
|Pete Rose, 41||21||1982, Phillies|
|Ty Cobb, 40||21||1927, A's|
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:
|x-clinched playoff spot|
The Nationals (71-87) equaled their win total from last year. "I told my guys I'm proud of them," Acta said. "We want to finish fourth." ... Reyes' 10th career leadoff homer extended his club record. It was his fourth multihomer game and first at Shea Stadium.
Regular Season Series
|Series tied 9-9 (as of Tue 9/25)|
|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||Recap|
|Mon 9/24||WAS 13, @NYM 4||Recap|
|» Tue 9/25||WAS 10, @NYM 9||Box Score|
|Wed 9/26||WAS 9, @NYM 6||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Nationals | Mets|
|1st||A Kearns homered to left, F Lopez and R Zimmerman scored.||3||0|
|1st||T Batista homered to left.||4||0|
|1st||J Reyes homered to right center.||4||1|
|2nd||S Green singled to center, M Alou scored, P Lo Duca to second.||4||2|
|3rd||W Pena singled to center, R Zimmerman scored.||5||2|
|4th||J Maxwell homered to left.||6||2|
|5th||R Gotay doubled to deep right center, S Green scored.||6||3|
|7th||B Schneider singled to center, R Zimmerman and W Pena scored, T Batista to second.||8||3|
|8th||R Belliard grounded into double play, shortstop to second to first, D Jimenez scored, F Lopez out at second.||9||3|
|9th||B Schneider singled to center, T Batista scored.||10||3|
|9th||J Reyes homered to right, P Lo Duca and C Gomez scored.||10||6|
|9th||M Alou doubled to deep right, L Castillo, D Wright and C Beltran scored.||10||9|
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|Stadium||Shea Stadium, Flushing, NY|
|Attendance||49,244 (117.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||82 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Bill Welke, First Base - John Hirschbeck, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Wally Bell|