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Mets club three HRs in first to get rout started vs. Nats

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- The heart of the New York Mets' lineup made it perfectly clear Thursday it's possible to hit the ball over the wall at RFK Stadium. Over and over again, to all parts of the park.

Carlos Beltran, David Wright and Cliff Floyd homered in the first inning, and Carlos Delgado later tacked on a two-run shot, all off All-Star Livan Hernandez, starting the Mets on their way to a 13-4 win over the Nationals.

"We always felt that our lineup was great," said Floyd, who hit his first homer of 2006. "You don't have a relief point, from a pitching standpoint. You get into a little trouble, it becomes a problem for you real quick, and that's what we try to do."

Thanks in part to that strong offense, the Mets have won six consecutive games.

Washington, meanwhile, has lost five in a row, outscored 35-13 in that span. After Wednesday's defeat, veteran Jose Vidro renewed a complaint heard often from the Nationals in the second half of 2005: RFK's dimensions are too big, and that's hurting the home team.

Nationals manager Frank Robinson said Thursday he hopes his players aren't letting those sorts of thoughts affect them at the plate.

"If we're going to start complaining about the size of this ballpark and whatever now," Robinson said, "we might as well pack in and go home, because if we don't, they're going to be putting us in a little white jacket and carrying us out of here."

Even Vidro had to chuckle when asked about the irony of the Mets' barrage less than 24 hours after his comments.

"They did score a lot of runs," Vidro said. "Why can't we do that in the same ballpark?"

For one thing, the Nationals' lineup isn't as stacked as the Mets' is. New York's 4-5-6 hitters, Delgado, Wright and Floyd, went a combined 7-for-9 with six RBI against Hernandez.

"It seems like every other at-bat, we're getting RBI opportunities, runners in scoring position," said Wright, who's hit safely in every game this season and has 12 RBI. "You know, with the protection that we give each other throughout our lineup, you're going to see some pitches to hit."

The Mets went to work on Hernandez (1-2) right away. With two outs in the first, Beltran drove a 2-1 pitch to right. Outfielder Jose Guillen stood still with hands on hips, watching the ball's flight; when it bounced off the facing of the upper deck and back onto the field, Guillen chucked it into the top level's red seats.

After Delgado singled, Wright homered to left on a 3-0 pitch, and Hernandez hung his head. Floyd followed with a solo shot to right-center.

That's how the game's first seven minutes went: homers to right, left and center, 4-0 Mets. It's the first time Hernandez has allowed three homers in an inning during a decade in the majors, and when Delgado made it 6-0 with his third of the year, the burly pitcher had given up four deep balls in a game for the first time since April 7, 2001.

"Everything I throw, they hit it," Hernandez said. "Every time you make a mistake, the hitter's going to pay you back. I made a lot of mistakes today."

All told, he allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- on 11 hits over six innings. His ERA rose to 7.00. The Mets finished with 16 hits, adding five runs when they sent 10 men to the plate in the seventh against reliever Joey Eischen.

New York's Victor Zambrano (1-0) allowed three runs in five innings in his first start of the season.

"He was able to keep us in it," Mets manager Willie Randolph said.

That's not much to ask these days against a Washington lineup in such a rut the team is trying to shake things up 10 games -- and two wins -- into the season.

Alfonso Soriano moved into the leadoff spot Thursday, going 1-for-5. After the game, outfielder Brandon Watson and backup catcher Wiki Gonzalez were sent to the minors, and outfielder Ryan Church and infielder Brendan Harris were called up.

"This ballclub is showing signs of not going anywhere," Robinson said. "So we're not going to sit still here and see us go in the hole without trying to do something."

Notes

  • The Mets hit three homers in an inning for the first time since April 19, 2005, at Philadelphia.
  • The attendance for the afternoon game was 25,465, giving the Nationals an average of 31,993 at 45,250-seat RFK for their first three home games.
 
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David Wright is responsible for one of the Mets' three first-inning home runs off Livan Hernandez.  (AP)
David Wright is responsible for one of the Mets' three first-inning home runs off Livan Hernandez. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

N. Johnson
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
New York

C. Delgado
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS6221001 .333
Chris Woodward, 2B-1B5023002 .333
Carlos Beltran, CF3211211 .296
    Endy Chavez, CF00000001.000
Carlos Delgado, 1B5332012 .394
    Anderson Hernandez, 2B0000000 .185
David Wright, 3B5232001 .469
Cliff Floyd, LF5122022 .222
    Jorge Julio, P0000000 .000
    Duaner Sanchez, P0000000 .000
Xavier Nady, RF5110012 .355
Ramon Castro, C4110100 .250
Victor Zambrano, P2000011 .000
   a- Jose Valentin, PH1000001 .000
    Darren Oliver, P11120001.000
    Victor Diaz, LF1000010 .000
Totals431316133713 
a-popped out for Zambrano in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (3, Eischen), Cliff Floyd (2, Hernandez), Ramon Castro (1, Hernandez)
HR - Carlos Beltran (3, Hernandez), Carlos Delgado (3, Hernandez), David Wright (3, Hernandez), Cliff Floyd (1, Hernandez)
RBI - Jose Reyes (8), Chris Woodward 3 (3), Carlos Beltran (9), Carlos Delgado 2 (7), David Wright 2 (12), Cliff Floyd 2 (5), Darren Oliver 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes (3), Chris Woodward 3 (3), Carlos Beltran (3), David Wright 2 (5), Cliff Floyd 2 (2), Darren Oliver 2 (2)
SB - Jose Reyes (3, 2nd base off Hernandez/Schneider)
CS - Jose Reyes (2, 2nd base by Hernandez/Schneider)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Wright-Woodward-Delgado
E - Jose Reyes (3, Wild throw)
New York Mets
Victor Zambrano (W,1-0) 5633430 5.40
Darren Oliver 2000040 0.00
Jorge Julio 1211021 16.88
Duaner Sanchez 1000000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Victor Zambrano 87-47, Darren Oliver 27-20, Jorge Julio 24-18, Duaner Sanchez 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Victor Zambrano 4-7, Darren Oliver 1-1, Jorge Julio 1-0, Duaner Sanchez 2-2
Batters Faced - Victor Zambrano 24, Darren Oliver 6, Jorge Julio 5, Duaner Sanchez 4
Washington Nationals
Alfonso Soriano, LF5010020 .263
Marlon Byrd, CF4100101 .182
Jose Vidro, 2B2110100 .357
   a- Marlon Anderson, PH-2B2000011 .143
Jose Guillen, RF3011101 .222
Nick Johnson, 1B4231002 .324
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4012023 .237
Brian Schneider, C2000111 .194
    Matt LeCroy, C1010000 .222
Damian Jackson, SS4000023 .125
Livan Hernandez, P2000002 .167
   b- Brandon Watson, PH1000010 .179
    Joey Eischen, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
   c- Daryle Ward, PH1000000 .400
Totals354844914 
a-struck out for Vidro in the 7th
b-struck out for Hernandez in the 6th
c-flied out for Rauch in the 9th
Batting
2B - Nick Johnson (2, Zambrano), Matt LeCroy (1, Julio)
HR - Nick Johnson (3, Julio)
RBI - Jose Guillen (3), Nick Johnson (7), Ryan Zimmerman 2 (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Nick Johnson (1, )
Washington Nationals
Livan Hernandez (L,1-2) 61187134 7.00
Joey Eischen 1555220 19.29
Jon Rauch 2000020 2.25
IBB - Castro by Joey Eischen
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 89-60, Joey Eischen 35-17, Jon Rauch 25-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 8-7, Joey Eischen 1-0, Jon Rauch 1-3
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 30, Joey Eischen 10, Jon Rauch 6
Game Information
Attendance - 25465
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi