Mets 13 Nationals 10
Another wild one.
The Mets squandered a six-run lead, but stayed in the game and squeaked out a win thanks to the suddenly explosive offense.
Carlos Delgado didn’t hit ANY homeruns, but David Wright, Carlos Beltran, and Fernando Tatis picked up the slack for the MVP candidate in leading the Mets to victory.
Mike Pelfrey was far from dominating, but kept the Mets in the game through five so-so innings. However, he allowed the Nats to chip away at an ample advantage, and handed a slim two-run lead to Aaron Heilman. Heilman promptly allowed a walk and a two-run homer, tying up the game and likely terminating any possibility of his entering another contest in 2008.
The game remained 7-7 until the 7th, when the Mets exploded for four runs, capped off by a two-run, single by Brian Schneider. The Nats came roaring back with three of their own in the top of the eighth, but the Mets answered with another two in the bottom of the frame to seal the game.
David Wright was 4-for-4 with a walk, 4 runs, 3 RBI, a double, and a homerun. Beltran went 3-for-5 with a double, 2 RBI and 2 runs. Tatis was 3-for-3 with a double, 2 RBI and 2 runs. Jose Reyes and Ryan Church drew a combined four walks hitting first and second in the lineup.
Brian Stokes finally broke his string of stupendous pitching, allowing a three-run homer in the eighth to Cristian Guzman.
Luis Ayala converted his seventh save of the season. Joe Smith earned his second win in as many days, and fifth of the year.
There are 17 games left, and the Mets are up by 3.5 over Philadelphia, with a four-game advantage in the loss column (you can always win more games, but you can’t lose less).
The Mets get another day off on Thursday, then host the Atlanta Braves for a three-game series. Johan Santana faces Mike Hampton in the opener on Friday night. Game time is 7:10 pm.