Nationals 4, Mets 3: Mets Winning Streak Ends At Six Games

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Mets At Nationals: Mets Look To Continue Winning Ways

The New York Mets will look to extend their season-long five-game winning streak on Wednesday night against the Washington Nationals. Yesterday, the Mets made a power pitcher pay when he left balls in the zone, then took advantage of a pitch that hung from his relief partner. Even better, in a shortened outing for Chris Young, the bullpen came in for 4 1/3 innings and slammed the door shut, allowing just four hits and one run. Lately, there hasn't been one method to the Mets' winning ways, which certainly is an encouraging sign.

Wednesday night knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will take the hill hoping to find some consistency in a season that's been up and down for him. While he sports a 4.10 ERA and 1.60 WHIP, he's 1-3 on the season and has given up zero runs, three runs, five runs and four runs in his four starts this year. He's given the Mets innings but his control has been a bit off at the start of this year. Against the Nats on April 8, he tossed his shortest outing of the year, five innings, and allowed three runs while walking five. New York is on a roll now, though, and Dickey will want to keep that going.

The Mets will face the Nationals' left-hander Tom Gorzelanny. The 28-year-old is 0-2 on the season and has a 4.96 ERA and a very low 1.16 WHIP. New York defeated him in his first start of the season, putting six runs (five earned) on the board in 5 1/3 innings, though they did strikeout eight times.

With a set against the Phillies looming this weekend, the Mets need to continue grabbing wins against weaker competition and keep the momentum rolling.


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New York Mets
@ Washington Nationals

Wednesday, Apr 27, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT
Nationals Park

R.A. Dickey vs Tom Gorzelanny

Cloudy. Winds blowing from right to left field at 15-20 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 75.

 

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Mets 6, Nationals 4: Josh Thole Leads Mets To Fifth Straight Win

Losing streak, what losing streak?  The New York Mets continued their winning ways on Tuesday night with a 6-4 victory over the Washington Nationals to kick off a three-game series in our nation's capital.  Terry Collins' crew have now followed up a dreadful 2-12 stretch with five straight wins.

Chris Young was sharp in his first start since being activated from the disabled list both with his arm and his bat.  In the second inning, Young surprised everyone -- including Nats first baseman Adam LaRoche and all of New York -- with a safety squeeze to score Ike Davis to put the Mets up 2-0.

Young, on a strict pitch count, left after just 4 2/3 innings but outside of two mammoth blasts from Washington catcher
Wilson Ramos, the tall righty didn't show any ill effects of the biceps tendonitis that kept him sidelined since April 10.

After Young, pitching in a 3-3 game, put the go-ahead run on third base, Ryota Igarashi came on to strike out Jayson Werth and end the threat.

Jason Bay and Davis chased Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann in the sixth with back-to-back singles, but it was the man calling the shots for the New York pitching staff that came up with the biggest play of the night for the Mets.  Lefty Doug Slaten came in to face Josh Thole, who ripped the second pitch he saw for a double that put New York up 5-3.

Taylor Bucholz pitched a perfect two innings of relieve to continue his fantastic season and while Jason Isringhausen allowed one run while struggling through the eighth, Francisco Rodriguez closed the door in the ninth for his fifth save.

These two teams will go at it again on Wednesday night when R.A. Dickey faces Tom Gorzelanny at 7:05 PM.


Final - 4.26.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 6 12 0
Washington Nationals 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 4 8 1
WP: Ryota Igarashi (1 - 0)
SV: Francisco Rodriguez (5)
LP: Jordan Zimmermann (1 - 4)

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