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Late RBI single helps Nats earn split of doubleheader vs. Mets

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NEW YORK -- Orlando Hernandez's sterling pitching got the New York Mets off to a fast start and Ryan Langerhans' slump-busting hit sent them home with a disappointing finish.

Langerhans singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Mets 6-5 Saturday night for a split of their day-night doubleheader.

"It's just one hit but it gives me confidence," said Langerhans, who was stuck in a 0-for-16 rut before the single. "It's been a while since I had a hit to the opposite field. I'll take it and run with it."

Joel Hanrahan pitched six innings in his major league debut and tripled in his first at-bat for the last-place Nationals, who have won three of four. Washington would win the four-game series against NL East-leading New York with a victory on Sunday.

In the first game, Hernandez threw seven crisp innings in the Mets' 3-1 win.

New York finished the day without two All-Stars. Center fielder Carlos Beltran didn't play in either game because of a stomach muscle strain, and catcher Paul Lo Duca left the nightcap with an injured right hamstring.

"I've pulled this hamstring now over my career, gosh, I don't know how many times," he said. "It's the same one, same nagging thing. It's not as severe as I've done it before so I feel like I'll be all right."

Lo Duca said he was going to get an MRI exam and insisted he would catch Tuesday night in Milwaukee when Tom Glavine goes for his 300th career win. The Mets, who optioned Mike Pelfrey back to Triple-A New Orleans after the second game, could call up a catcher Sunday if Lo Duca can't play.

Carlos Delgado hit a two-run homer in the Mets' three-run sixth inning in the second game, but the Nationals went ahead for good in the eighth.

Langerhans' one-out single off Pedro Feliciano (2-2) drove in Austin Kearns and made it 4-3. Two batters later, Ronnie Belliard hit a two-run double to extend Washington's lead to three.

Jon Rauch (7-2) allowed two runs in the bottom half but got Ramon A. Castro to ground out with a runner on third to end the inning. Chad Cordero worked a perfect ninth for his 21st save.

Lastings Milledge started both games in center field with Beltran out. He hasn't played since Tuesday and Randolph said he isn't sure when he'll be able to return.

Lo Duca grabbed his right leg rounding second in the seventh inning of the nightcap. Randolph, third base coach Sandy Alomar Sr., and a trainer all came out to check on Lo Duca, who tried to walk it off before deciding to depart.

Hanrahan tripled and scored in Washington's three-run third. He gave up three runs and four hits, struck out seven and walked one.

"He showed out there that if he can command that fastball, that changeup and that breaking ball that he has he can be successful up here," Acta said.

Pelfrey also went six innings for the Mets, and was charged with eight hits and three runs. The right-hander walked one and struck out five in his first start since July 6. He remained winless in seven decisions this season.

"I've just got to continue to worry about executing pitches and just eliminate some mistakes," he said. "Definitely just have to keep working."

Notes

  • The Nationals finalized a $10 million, two-year contract extension with Dmitri Young through 2009.
  • New York optioned INF Anderson Hernandez to Triple-A New Orleans after the first game and recalled Pelfrey.
  • Hanrahan took the roster spot of RHP Jason Bergmann, who was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with left hamstring tightness.
  • The day-night doubleheader was the second at Shea Stadium. The Mets and Los Angeles Dodgers one on May 11, 1972.
  • Tom Glavine pinch hit in the ninth inning of the second game, becoming the first Mets pitcher to do it since Glavine on Sept. 11, 2004, against Philadelphia. He grounded out against the Nationals.
 
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Ronnie Belliard's two-run double in the 8th widens the Nats' lead and provides just enough insurance.  (AP)
Ronnie Belliard's two-run double in the 8th widens the Nats' lead and provides just enough insurance. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Delgado
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Washington

R. Belliard
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Washington Nationals
D'Angelo Jimenez, 2B4121100 .184
    Nook Logan, CF0000000 .231
Ronnie Belliard, SS-2B5022032 .298
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4121101 .259
Dmitri Young, 1B4011013 .330
    Felipe Lopez, SS1000000 .240
Austin Kearns, RF5120000 .253
Brian Schneider, C4000013 .229
Robert Fick, LF2000100 .198
   a- Tony Batista, PH-1B0100100 .222
Ryan Langerhans, CF-LF3111000 .158
Joel Hanrahan, P3110012 .333
    Ray King, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P1000012 .000
    Chad Cordero, P0000000 .000
Totals36611647  
a-was walked intentionally for Fick in the 8th
Batting
2B - D'Angelo Jimenez (1, Pelfrey), Ronnie Belliard (19, Heilman)
3B - Joel Hanrahan (1, Pelfrey)
RBI - D'Angelo Jimenez (2), Ronnie Belliard 2 (32), Ryan Zimmerman (50), Dmitri Young (54), Ryan Langerhans (20)
2-OUT RBI - Ronnie Belliard 2 (16), Ryan Zimmerman (18), Dmitri Young (23)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - F. Lopez-Belliard-Batista
E - Brian Schneider (4, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Joel Hanrahan 6433171 4.50
Ray King 0.2200010 4.78
Jon Rauch (W,7-2) 1.1422000 3.79
Chad Cordero (S,21) 1000000 2.65
Pitches-Strikes - Joel Hanrahan 86-56, Ray King 14-9, Jon Rauch 24-16, Chad Cordero 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joel Hanrahan 4-7, Jon Rauch 2-1, Chad Cordero 3-0
Batters Faced - Joel Hanrahan 23, Ray King 4, Jon Rauch 7, Chad Cordero 3
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5000022 .299
Ruben Gotay, 2B3220100 .344
David Wright, 3B4231001 .295
Carlos Delgado, 1B4123012 .254
Moises Alou, LF4000011 .305
Shawn Green, RF4010010 .271
Paul Lo Duca, C3010000 .270
    Orlando Hernandez, PR0000000 .200
    Ramon Castro, C1000001 .313
Lastings Milledge, CF4010010 .279
Mike Pelfrey, P1000010 .077
   a- Damion Easley, PH1000010 .259
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   b- Marlon Anderson, PH1000002 .217
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   c- Tom Glavine, PH1000000 .250
Totals36510418  
a-struck out for Pelfrey in the 6th
b-flied out for Mota in the 7th
c-grounded out for Heilman in the 9th
Batting
2B - David Wright (25, Hanrahan)
HR - Carlos Delgado (17, Hanrahan)
RBI - David Wright (63), Carlos Delgado 3 (58)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (25), Carlos Delgado 2 (19)
SB - Shawn Green (9, 3rd base off Rauch/Schneider)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Moises Alou 1, Lastings Milledge 1
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey 6833150 5.92
Guillermo Mota 1000110 5.40
Pedro Feliciano (L,2-2) 0.2233210 2.93
Aaron Heilman 1.1100000 3.42
IBB - Batista by Pedro Feliciano
HBP - Langerhans (by Mike Pelfrey)
WP - Pedro Feliciano (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 104-60, Guillermo Mota 23-13, Pedro Feliciano 25-12, Aaron Heilman 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 8-4, Guillermo Mota 1-1, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Aaron Heilman 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 27, Guillermo Mota 4, Pedro Feliciano 6, Aaron Heilman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 46265
Game Time - 2:59
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Mike Winters, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Mike Estabrook