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.
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."
- 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.