Saturday, August 12, 2006

Happy Recap: Mets 6 Nationals 4

Through the first five innings it was shaping up to be another great night in the amazing turnaround of John Maine. His scoreless innings streak was stopped at 26 (thirds don't count) when he gave up a home run to Nick Johnson in the third inning. But that was the only hit he allowed through the first give innings. Other than a flyout right before the homer, the Nationals didn't even get one out of the infield against him. Until the 6th inning, when he gave up a single, a homer to Soriano then another single. Randolph yanked him in favor of Pedro Feliciano who allowed the inherited runner to score, tie the game and blow Maine's shot for a win.

The Mets got him a lead with 3 in the third. Maine was nailed in the back by a pitch. He scored on Reyes' triple. Reyes scored on Lo Duca's single. Lo Duca scored on Beltran's triple (which should have been knocked down by former Met prospect Alex Escobar). But with Beltran on third and no one out Delgado popped out, Wright struck out and Valentin flew out.

The Mets made it 4-1 when a chopper off the plate by Milledge scored Wright in the 6th. After the lead was blown the Mets bounced right back with 2 in the 7th when Beltran led off with a double (to go with his single and triple). Wright was hit by a pitch, then Valentin singled Wright to third and Tucker drove him home with a sacrifice fly.

Feliciano stayed in for the 7th, Heilman took the 8th and Billy Wagner dominated in the 9th for the Mets 70th win of the year.

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