Despite giving up nine walks in the game, the Mets held on to win their third game out of four, beating the Washington Nationals 5-2. John Maine started and pitched six innings, allowing one run.
The Mets, wearing red hats in honor of Memorial Day, went ahead in the sixth inning when Gary Sheffield hit a three-run home run, or was it? For the third game in a row, there was a home run review in a game the Mets played in. This one, just like the previous two, went the Mets’ way.
Bobby Parnell came into the game in the top of the seventh and walked three batters before giving up an RBI hit. JJ Putz pitched to the last batter of the seventh and the eighth inning. He walked two more batters but got out of it.
Francisco Rodriguez kept up the trend, allowing another walk after giving up a hit, putting runners on first and second. But he shut the Nats down and earned his 13th save.
The Mets two, three and four hitters, Luis Castillo, Carlos Beltran and Sheffield, all had two hits on the night. Maine also had a hit, raising his batting average to .222, not bad for a pitcher. Beltran and Ramon Martinez drove in the other two runs. Jose Reyes sat out again.
The Mets are now just a half game behind the Phillies for first place and gained a game on the Atlanta Braves. This is the serious where they need to beat up the Nats and make it as difficult as possible for the Phillies to stay in first place. Nothing less than a series win will be considered a success.