Raul Valdes was the hero of the night after he pitched five innings in relief to get the win. Starter John Maine left the game after just five pitches due to what the Mets staff is calling a precautionary measure.
Valdes allowed three runs on seven hits, but he struck out six. He also got a hit to continue his blistering pace at the plate. He’s batting .500 for the season.
The Mets offense struck first and early as they scored three runs in the first inning. The big inning came in the fifth when they scored five more runs and tacked on two more in the sixth off a two-run shot by Rod Barajas. It was his 10th of the year, which leads the team.
Five Mets had multi-hit games, including three hits apiece for Jason Bay and Ike Davis. Barajas, Jeff Francoeur and Jose Reyes all had two hits each. David Wright provided the first three runs with a bases-clearing triple. Wright ended his streak of 15-straight games with a strikeout. He had four RBI on the night. The Nationals defense helped the Mets’ cause as they committed three errors.
The Mets were able to win the game, despite the shaky performance by the bullpen. Jenrry Mejia allowed three runs in his 1 2/3 innings of relief, while Francisco Rodriguez allowed a run in his mop-up duty. That late surge helped bring the Nationals within three runs.
The Mets will now face their cross-town rivals the Yankees at Citi Field on Friday night. Hisanori Takahashi will take the mound against the struggling Javier Vasquez.
What do you predict will be the outcome of the series? Can the Mets ride the momentum of tonight’s win or do the Yankees have too much firepower?