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N.Y. Mets (70-53) 1000010428122
Washington (55-69)001100000230

Beltran powers Mets past Nats for El Duque's fourth straight victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- Carlos Beltran didn't take very long to get comfortable at the plate after a trip to the disabled list.

Beltran homered twice and drove in four runs as the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 8-2 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

The switch-hitting center fielder is batting .294 (10-for-34) with five homers and 13 RBI in nine games since he came off the 15-day DL Aug. 10 after missing time with a strained oblique muscle.

"It is about feeling good," Beltran said. "I am seeing the ball, and I feel balanced, and I am staying back."

Beltran homered with one out in the sixth to tie it at 2. He hit a two-run drive off Chris Schroder in the ninth for his 24th of the season. It was his fourth multihomer game of the season and the 21st of his career.

"He is in a nice rhythm," New York manager Willie Randolph said. "I don't know if he is hot, hot."

Orlando Hernandez allowed two runs and three hits in seven innings for the Mets, who have won four straight overall. El Duque has won four straight decisions and hasn't lost since July 4.

"I was very excited about getting the 'W' today," Hernandez said. "I thought my team had good defense and good offense."

Shawn Green's two-run single in the eighth put New York in front 4-2 and sparked a four-run rally. Marlon Anderson also had a two-run double off reliever Jon Rauch (8-4).

"I left everything up today," Rauch said. "It didn't matter where the pitch was."

Washington wasted another fine effort by Shawn Hill, who was making just his second start after missing more than three months with a sore right elbow. He allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings, but didn't think highly of his performance.

"It was a lot of luck -- balls hit at guys," Hill said. "I was all over the place early on."

Hernandez did not allow a hit after Wily Mo Pena went deep in the fourth for his first home run since joining the Nationals on Saturday. New York has won each of El Duque's last eight starts.

Jorge Sosa pitched a perfect eighth inning and Pedro Feliciano got the final three outs for New York.

It was the second loss in five days for Rauch, who leads the major leagues in appearances with 68.

"During this homestand, I didn't do my part. I cost us two ballgames," Rauch said.

The 6-11 right-hander denied being tired.

"If I wanted a day off, I'd ask for one -- plain and simple. Next question," he said.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Luis Castillo walked with one out, advanced to third on David Wright's single to center and scored on Beltran's sacrifice fly.

Ryan Zimmerman singled in Robert Fick in the third to tie it at 1.

"We just got outplayed by a better team," Washington manager Manny Acta said. "There's no luck involved in this. That's why they won the division last year. That's why they're in first place right now."

Notes

  • The Mets placed infielder Damion Easley on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle and recalled infielder Anderson Hernandez from Triple-A New Orleans.
  • New York first baseman Carlos Delgado missed his fourth straight game with a hyperextended left knee.
  • Austin Kearns started in center field for Washington -- the first time this season he's played there.
  • Pena was acquired with cash considerations from Boston on Friday for a player to be named. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored two runs in his Nationals debut Saturday.
 
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Carlos Beltran homers twice and is hitting .294 with five dingers and 13 RBI since coming off the DL.  (AP)
Carlos Beltran homers twice and is hitting .294 with five dingers and 13 RBI since coming off the DL. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

C. Beltran
AB 3
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
New York

M. Anderson
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4000101 .301
Luis Castillo, 2B4210102 .307
David Wright, 3B4220100 .312
Carlos Beltran, CF3324100 .265
Shawn Green, 1B5122021 .275
Lastings Milledge, RF4010023 .306
Marlon Anderson, LF4032001 .271
Sandy Alomar Jr., C4000003 .200
Orlando Hernandez, P3010001 .182
   a- Ruben Gotay, PH1000011 .340
    Jorge Sosa, P0000000 .208
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
Totals36812845  
a-struck out for Hernandez in the 8th
Batting
2B - David Wright (30, Rauch), Marlon Anderson 2 (3, Hill, Rauch)
HR - Carlos Beltran 2 (24, Hill, Schroder)
SF - Carlos Beltran (7)
RBI - Carlos Beltran 4 (75), Shawn Green 2 (34), Marlon Anderson 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran 2 (12)
SB - Marlon Anderson (4, 2nd base off Hill/Schneider)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Pedro Feliciano (2, Throwing), David Wright (15, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Orlando Hernandez (W,8-4) 7322441 3.09
Jorge Sosa 1000000 4.11
Pedro Feliciano 1000120 2.80
IBB - Young by Orlando Hernandez
Pitches-Strikes - Orlando Hernandez 109-59, Jorge Sosa 11-7, Pedro Feliciano 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Orlando Hernandez 10-7, Jorge Sosa 1-2, Pedro Feliciano 2-0
Batters Faced - Orlando Hernandez 28, Jorge Sosa 3, Pedro Feliciano 5
Washington Nationals
Felipe Lopez, SS4000003 .244
D'Angelo Jimenez, 2B2000200 .160
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4011011 .270
Austin Kearns, CF4000003 .253
Ryan Church, LF4000020 .262
Wily Mo Pena, RF3111120 .221
Brian Schneider, C2000000 .232
   a- Jesus Flores, PH1000000 .231
Robert Fick, 1B3110001 .206
   b- Tony Batista, PH0000100 .275
Shawn Hill, P1000010 .125
   c- Dmitri Young, PH0000100 .331
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
    Chris Schroder, P0000000 .000
   d- Ronnie Belliard, PH1000002 .277
Totals2923256  
a-grounded out for Schneider in the 9th
b-walked for Fick in the 9th
c-was walked intentionally for Hill in the 7th
d-grounded out for Schroder in the 9th
Batting
HR - Wily Mo Pena (6, Hernandez)
SH - Brian Schneider (3), Shawn Hill (4)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (66), Wily Mo Pena (18)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (22)
CS - Felipe Lopez (7, 2nd base by Hernandez/S. Alomar)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Jimenez-F. Lopez, Fick-F. Lopez-Hill
Washington Nationals
Shawn Hill 7722221 2.43
Jon Rauch (L,8-4) 0.1444110 4.26
Chris Schroder 1.2122121 2.27
IBB - Beltran by Jon Rauch
Pitches-Strikes - Shawn Hill 89-58, Jon Rauch 21-10, Chris Schroder 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shawn Hill 10-7, Chris Schroder 1-2
Batters Faced - Shawn Hill 28, Jon Rauch 6, Chris Schroder 7
Game Information
Attendance - 29092
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano