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Mets end skid; Nats' Johnson carted off field with broken leg

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Even before Nick Johnson was carted off the field, the Washington Nationals knew he was badly hurt.

Johnson broke his right leg in an outfield collision during the eighth inning of the New York Mets' 12-6 victory over the Nationals on Saturday.

The first baseman collided with right fielder Austin Kearns while chasing David Wright's blooper down the right-field line that fell in for a triple. Johnson was immobilized and taken to a hospital. He was scheduled to have surgery Saturday night in New York to repair his right femur, the bone in the upper part of his leg.

Second baseman Jose Vidro, who was near the collision, said he heard a "crack." Washington manager Frank Robinson said that when trainers tried to move Johnson, "You can't even describe the sounds he made."

"You sit there and see a teammate and a friend on the ground yelling in pain," Kearns said. "It makes you sick to your stomach. I'm just sick to my stomach, I don't know anything else to say."

The oft-injured Johnson actually remained healthy nearly all season. He batted .290 with 23 homers, 77 RBI and 110 walks in 147 games.

The Mets were on the other end of a similar play last season, when center fielder Carlos Beltran and right fielder Mike Cameron banged heads while chasing a ball in a game at San Diego.

"Obviously, he was in pain. You just hate to see it happen," said Wright, who went out into the outfield to check on Johnson.

"You have two competitors out there, two big bodies out there going full speed on each other. The Carlos Beltran and the Mike Cameron collision and now this one. Two people just playing the game hard."

Said Beltran, who is currently out with a strained quadriceps: "I feel sorry for him, he's a good guy."

Earlier, Wright's three-run homer capped a six-run fifth inning, helping the Mets erase a 4-0 deficit.

Paul Lo Duca also homered and Wright finished with three hits and three runs for the Mets, who snapped a three-game skid. Jose Reyes drove in three runs and reached base five times with a two-run double, an RBI single, another single and a pair of walks.

The Mets broke open the game with three runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth.

John Maine (6-5) got the win despite throwing 110 pitches in five innings. He allowed four runs and three hits, struck out seven, walked five and hit two batters with pitches.

Alfonso Soriano hit his 46th homer for the Nationals. Michael O'Connor (3-8) yielded six runs and eight hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Shawn Green led off the fifth with a double and scored on a single by Lastings Milledge. Chris Woodward's double put runners at second and third, and after pinch-hitter Jose Valentin struck out, Reyes and Endy Chavez followed with consecutive RBI singles to bring the Mets to 4-3.

O'Connor got Lo Duca to fly out, but Wright followed with his 25th homer to give New York a 6-4 lead. Julio Franco and Green followed with singles off Ryan Wagner before Milledge flied out to end the inning -- after the Mets had eight hits by seven players.

"We had been a little stagnant last couple of days," said Mets manager Willie Randolph, who began his postgame remarks by asking reporters to pray for Johnson. "That happens, that's the way baseball is. Guys were a little more aggressive today, taking advantage of some of the momentum we had."

Soriano homered in the seventh, but the Mets answered with Woodward's RBI single and a two-run double by Reyes to make it 9-5. Lo Duca hit his fifth homer in the eighth before Franco and Milledge added run-scoring doubles.

Maine, hoping a strong start could help land him a postseason role, cruised through the first three innings before losing his control and needing 68 pitches to get through the next two.

The Mets had two hits in the first but didn't score in part because of a brilliant double play started by Nationals catcher Brian Schneider. With the speedy Reyes at first, Schneider ran back to make a diving catch of Chavez's fouled bunt attempt, then made a long throw to second to nail Reyes, who had tried to tag up.

Notes

  • Mets C Lo Duca (thumb) was back in the starting lineup after missing two games, but it will be at least another day before Carlos Beltran (leg) returns. Beltan and manager Willie Randolph said the center fielder would see how he felt Sunday, but Beltran seemed to indicate that he may not go until the series finale on Monday night.
  • The Nationals were without pitching coach Randy St. Claire because of the flu. Manager Frank Robinson made all the visits to the mound.
 
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Help is on its way as Nationals 1B Nick Johnson lies on the ground after breaking his right leg.  (AP)
Help is on its way as Nationals 1B Nick Johnson lies on the ground after breaking his right leg. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 5
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

J. Reyes
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 3
 
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, SS5110013 .271
Nick Johnson, 1B3100110 .290
    Robert Fick, 1B1001000 .257
Alfonso Soriano, LF4221020 .284
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4110023 .282
   a- Bernie Castro, PH1010000 .244
Austin Kearns, RF2001110 .265
    George Lombard, RF1000012 .222
Jose Vidro, 2B3012110 .287
Brian Schneider, C2001200 .247
Nook Logan, CF4010014 .294
Mike O'Connor, P1000010 .067
    Ryan Wagner, P0000000 .333
   b- Henry Mateo, PH1000001 .143
    Chris Schroder, P0000000 .000
    Felix Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Jason Bergmann, P0000000 .000
   c- Melvin Dorta, PH1110000 .231
Totals3368651113 
a-singled for Zimmerman in the 9th
b-flied out for Wagner in the 6th
c-doubled for Bergmann in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Zimmerman (43, Maine), Nook Logan (2, Ring), Melvin Dorta (1, Wagner)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (46, Mota)
SH - Mike O'Connor (1)
RBI - Robert Fick (9), Alfonso Soriano (94), Austin Kearns (86), Jose Vidro 2 (47), Brian Schneider (52)
2-OUT RBI - Austin Kearns (34), Jose Vidro 2 (15), Brian Schneider (24)
SB - Felipe Lopez (41, 2nd base off Maine/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Schneider-F. Lopez
Washington Nationals
Mike O'Connor (L,3-8) 4.2866151 5.04
Ryan Wagner 0.1200000 4.67
Chris Schroder 1000220 5.40
Felix Rodriguez 1333200 7.16
Jason Bergmann 1433021 7.02
IBB - Green by Felix Rodriguez
Pitches-Strikes - Mike O'Connor 71-48, Ryan Wagner 12-7, Chris Schroder 23-10, Felix Rodriguez 21-10, Jason Bergmann 28-23
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike O'Connor 2-6, Felix Rodriguez 3-0
Batters Faced - Mike O'Connor 22, Ryan Wagner 3, Chris Schroder 5, Felix Rodriguez 8, Jason Bergmann 7
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS3133200 .300
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Endy Chavez, CF5111015 .315
Paul Lo Duca, C5121004 .316
David Wright, 3B5333001 .309
Julio Franco, 1B5121010 .265
Shawn Green, RF4120101 .277
Lastings Milledge, LF5222013 .247
Chris Woodward, 2B5221031 .215
John Maine, P1000010 .000
   a- Jose Valentin, PH1000012 .269
    Royce Ring, P0000000 .000
   b- Ricky Ledee, PH0000100 .198
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   c- Michael Tucker, PH0000100 .224
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   d- Anderson Hernandez, PH-SS1000011 .140
Totals401217125918 
a-struck out for Maine in the 5th
b-walked for Ring in the 6th
c-walked for Mota in the 7th
d-struck out for Heilman in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (30, F. Rodriguez), Paul Lo Duca (37, O'Connor), Julio Franco (9, Bergmann), Shawn Green (30, O'Connor), Lastings Milledge (7, Bergmann), Chris Woodward (10, O'Connor)
3B - David Wright (5, Bergmann)
HR - Paul Lo Duca (5, Bergmann), David Wright (25, O'Connor)
RBI - Jose Reyes 3 (80), Endy Chavez (41), Paul Lo Duca (46), David Wright 3 (113), Julio Franco (20), Lastings Milledge 2 (22), Chris Woodward (25)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Reyes 2 (46), David Wright 3 (44), Chris Woodward (8)
SB - Jose Reyes (58, 3rd base off O'Connor/Schneider), Endy Chavez (12, 2nd base off O'Connor/Schneider)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Lastings Milledge 1
New York Mets
John Maine (W,6-5) 5344570 3.64
Royce Ring (H,2) 1100000 3.00
Guillermo Mota (H,8) 1111021 4.75
Aaron Heilman 1000010 3.60
Billy Wagner 1311010 2.18
HBP - Kearns (by John Maine), Soriano (by John Maine)
WP - John Maine (2)
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 110-59, Royce Ring 15-10, Guillermo Mota 20-15, Aaron Heilman 10-6, Billy Wagner 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 3-4, Royce Ring 2-1, Guillermo Mota 1-0, Aaron Heilman 1-1, Billy Wagner 2-0
Batters Faced - John Maine 24, Royce Ring 4, Guillermo Mota 4, Aaron Heilman 3, Billy Wagner 6
Game Information
Attendance - 45247
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Field Culbreth