Scott Hairston's Heroics Go To Waste, Mets Fall 3-2 In Washington

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Mets-Nationals Score: Scott Hairston's Heroics Go To Waste, Mets Fall 3-2 In Washington

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Rick Ankiel went to third on a pitch in the dirt and scored easily on Ian Desmond's chopper over the mound in the bottom of the ninth, lifting the Nationals to a 3-2 win over the Mets.

Washington won with a rally that came after New York tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the ninth on Scott Hairston's two-out solo homer off closer Drew Storen.

Hairston had two homers in the game for the Mets, while Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse had back-to-back RBI doubles in the game for the Nationals.

Washington won the final two games of the three-game set on the heels of a six-game losing streak.

Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann pitched six shutout innings, giving up seven hits and a walk while striking out six.

Ian Desmond, Zimmerman and Morse hit three straight doubles off Mets starter Jon Niese to start the bottom of the sixth, giving Washington a 2-0 lead and putting Zimmermann in line for his first win in three starts.

"It's just a shame we couldn't save that for Jordan Zimmermann. What a game he pitched," said Nationals manager Davey Johnson.

Sean Burnett served up Hairston's solo homer to left field leading off the seventh, drawing the Mets within a run. And after Tyler Clippard tossed a perfect eighth, Hairston knocked his game-tying homer off Storen in the ninth, also to left field.

Storen (6-2) got the win after blowing a save for the fourth time this season.

New York's Bobby Parnell (3-3) took the loss while getting only one out in the bottom of the ninth.

Parnell gave up a leadoff single to Jesus Flores and then hit Ankiel with a pitch. Brian Bixler bunted into a force play -- Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy charged it and gunned Flores out at third -- for the inning's only out.

Taking a big lead, Ankiel bolted to third on Parnell's wild pitch in the dirt and then scored the game-winning run when Desmond knocked a ball over the pitcher's head.

Mets second baseman Willie Harris was there, but his throw home wasn't nearly in time to catch the sliding Ankiel.

Earlier, Zimmermann escaped trouble that he made for himself in the sixth after balking to move Murphy to third base and David Wright to second with one out. He fanned Angel Pagan and Jason Bay to escape trouble.

Wright singled in the inning, but was 1-for-4 to snap his seven-game streak of getting at least two hits. Steve Henderson owns the Mets record with eight multiple-hit games in a row from July 12-21, 1979.

Niese allowed two runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six without a walk.

"It was frustrating. I felt a lot better than what the end result (of the game) was," he said.

Game Notes

The Nationals are 2-4 on a nine-game homestand...The Mets finished 6-4 on a 10-game road trip and are headed home for 10 straight games, starting with three against the Marlins beginning Monday.

Final - 7.31.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 9 0
Washington Nationals 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 11 1
WP: Drew Storen (6 - 2)
LP: Bobby Parnell (3 - 3)

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Mets-Nationals Score: 8-5 Win Puts Mets Four Games Over .500

Washington, DC (Sports Network) - The Mets hammered Chien-Ming Wang for four runs in the first inning Friday, ruining the pitcher's first major league start in more than two years on the way to an 8-5 victory over the Nationals to open a three-game series.

Daniel Murphy and Angel Pagan both delivered RBI singles during New York's first-inning rally as the first five batters of the game reached against Wang, the former 19-game winner who finally returned to the bigs after a recent climb through Washington's farm system.

Jose Reyes doubled and knocked in two runs and Ronny Paulino had three hits, including an RBI double for the Mets, who continued to streak after completing a four-game sweep of the Reds.

Wang (0-1) settled down to pitch well in the second and third innings before giving up two more runs in the fourth, his last frame. He allowed eight hits and a walk while striking out two. Two of the six runs he gave up were unearned.

Mets rookie Dillon Gee (10-3) earned the win after yielding three runs -- two earned -- on four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five, walked four and helped himself with an RBI single off Wang.

The Nationals have lost six in a row and fell to 1-8 in their last nine games.

Wang, 31, hadn't pitched since having shoulder surgery in July 2009 in the middle of his fifth season for the New York Yankees. He joined the Nationals before last season on a one-year deal, but didn't pitch, then re-signed in the offseason.

Washington manager Davey Johnson said he was impressed with the right-hander's outing despite the shaky first inning and would have sent him back to the mound in the fifth if he hadn't had so much trouble earlier. He said Wang would get another chance to start for the club.

Reyes walked on four straight Wang sinkers to lead off the game before moving to second base on a wild pitch. Justin Turner, Murphy, David Wright and Pagan followed with four straight singles to make it 2-0.

The other two runs scored on a ground out and Lucas Duda's fly ball to left field. Pagan was doubled up on the latter play, ending Wang's 24-pitch debut inning.

Wang threw 39 of his 60 pitches for strikes before Tom Gorzelanny relieved him to start the fifth.

Gee was taken out for Ryota Igarashi in the seventh inning and the Nationals cut into what was an 8-3 Mets lead with a pair of runs in the eighth. New York used three pitchers in the inning -- Bobby Parnell, Tim Byrdak and D.J. Carrasco.

Parnell gave up three straight one-out singles, including Wilson Ramos' RBI base hit, before Byrdak took over. Jesus Flores and Rick Ankiel greeted him with back-to-back hits, scoring another run and prompting Carrasco, who got two quick strike outs with the bases loaded to end the inning. Ryan Zimmerman couldn't hold his swing on the last pitch, a slider.

The Nationals were just 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10 men on base. Jason Isringhausen had no trouble in the ninth, pitching a perfect inning for his fifth save.

Game Notes

Wang, from Taiwan, pitched for the Yankees from 2005-09 and won 19 games in back-to-back seasons from '06-07...The Nationals are 0-4 on a nine-game homestand...The Mets are 6-2 on 10-game road trip that ends this weekend.

Next Game

New York Mets
@ Washington Nationals

Saturday, Jul 30, 2011, 7:05 PM EDT
Nationals Park

R.A. Dickey vs Jason Marquis

Clear. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.


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