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Nationals roll; Mets' lead down to 2 games; Alou extends streak to 28

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NEW YORK -- The New York Mets wanted to get off to a fast start on their season-ending homestand.

By the end of the night, they just wanted to move on.

The Mets squandered a chance to widen their lead in the NL East as Austin Kearns hit a three-run homer and Ronnie Belliard drove in three more in the Washington Nationals' 13-4 victory Monday.

"It's over now," New York manager Willie Randolph said. "We have to get ready for tomorrow."

New York's magic number remained at five and its lead in the division dropped to two games over idle Philadelphia. The Mets play the Nationals again Tuesday while the Phillies host Atlanta in the opener of a three-game series.

"It's embarrassing with the season on the line to go out there and get embarrassed on your own home field," said David Wright, who had three hits.

Carlos Delgado went 2-for-5 and Moises Alou extended his club-record hitting streak to 28 games with a sixth-inning double for the Mets, who had won four of five. Alou also committed an error in left that allowed a run to score in the fourth.

Matt Chico (6-9) pitched into the sixth inning and Ryan Langerhans hit a three-run homer in the ninth for Washington, which did New York a favor by beating the Phillies 5-3 on Sunday.

"We're not going to roll over," said Nationals manager Manny Acta, the Mets' third-base coach the previous two seasons. "I still think they have the best team in our division. If I'm going to pick a situation I'll pick their situation, two games up with (six) games to play."

The Mets, coming off a 4-3 road trip, couldn't overcome a sluggish outing by right-hander Mike Pelfrey in the first of seven in a row at Shea Stadium to close out the regular season.

"I let the team down," Pelfrey said. "I didn't keep us in the game."

The Nationals pushed across two in the fourth and three in the fifth before they chased Pelfrey (3-8) during a two-run sixth. Pelfrey was 3-0 with a 3.31 ERA in his previous three starts but struggled with his control against Washington.

He walked Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Church with two outs in the fifth, and Kearns followed with a drive to left-center that made it 5-1. It was his 15th homer of the season.

"We all know that we're playing these guys and the Phillies to end the season," said Kearns, whose team travels to Philadelphia after the series against New York. "I always enjoyed playing these teams because they are teams that could be in the playoffs. You realize what you have to do to win and how important every pitch and every out is."

Pelfrey issued two more walks before departing with two outs in the sixth. Joe Smith relieved and allowed Belliard's two-run double to left-center.

Pelfrey finished with a career-high five walks, one intentional. He also hit a batter with a pitch and allowed five hits and seven runs, six earned.

"I got what I deserved," he said. "I started falling behind guys and I was walking guys, putting guys on, and they made me pay."

Belliard also hit an RBI double off Guillermo Mota during Washington's three-run eighth. He is batting .345 (30-for-87) with 15 RBI this month.

Paul Lo Duca singled home Alou in the sixth, and Chico departed with runners on first and second and one out. Saul Rivera walked pinch-hitter Shawn Green, loading the bases, and Jose Reyes' run-scoring groundout cut it to 7-3.

Rivera then induced Luis Castillo to bounce out with two runners on to end the threat. Rivera also worked the seventh before Luis Ayala and Jesus Colome closed it out.

"Chico started very shaky," Acta said. "After we gave him those runs, he got into the strike zone and made some good pitches."

Notes

  • Mets OF Marlon Anderson's appeal of his two-game suspension will be heard Wednesday. Anderson was ejected in the ninth inning of a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia on Sept. 15 and threw his batting helmet toward the plate after he reached the dugout.
  • Nationals RHP Shawn Hill was scratched from his final start of the season and will have operations on his right arm and left shoulder. LHP Mike Bacsik will start Wednesday night against the Mets in place of Hill.
  • Wright extended his hitting streak to 11 games and Castillo bumped his up to 10.
  • Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 11, tying the team's season high.
 
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Guillermo Mota's struggles continue, and the Mets will have to continue to sweat it out in the NL East.  (AP)
Guillermo Mota's struggles continue, and the Mets will have to continue to sweat it out in the NL East. (AP)

Players of the Game
Washington

R. Belliard
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
Washington

A. Kearns
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Washington Nationals
D'Angelo Jimenez, SS4210102 .242
    Ryan Langerhans, LF1113000 .163
Ronnie Belliard, 2B6123011 .290
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3310201 .267
    Tony Batista, 3B0000000 .253
Ryan Church, LF4122111 .271
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
Austin Kearns, RF4223112 .266
Robert Fick, 1B5011022 .241
Justin Maxwell, CF4210113 .267
Brian Schneider, C2000202 .232
Matt Chico, P2000003 .156
    Saul Rivera, P0000000 .000
   a- Felipe Lopez, PH-SS1100101 .241
Totals3613111296  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Rivera in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ronnie Belliard 2 (33, Smith, Mota), Ryan Church 2 (42, Pelfrey, Mota)
HR - Ryan Langerhans (6, D. Williams), Austin Kearns (15, Pelfrey)
SH - Matt Chico (9)
RBI - Ryan Langerhans 3 (23), Ronnie Belliard 3 (57), Ryan Church 2 (66), Austin Kearns 3 (69), Robert Fick (16)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Langerhans 3 (11), Ronnie Belliard 3 (22), Ryan Church 2 (30), Austin Kearns 3 (37)
SB - Felipe Lopez (23, 2nd base off Mota/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Felipe Lopez (21, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
Matt Chico (W,6-9) 5.1933200 4.75
Saul Rivera 1.2100110 3.59
Luis Ayala 1000010 3.32
Jesus Colome 1211000 3.48
WP - Matt Chico (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Chico 80-50, Saul Rivera 35-21, Luis Ayala 20-13, Jesus Colome 13-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Chico 7-8, Saul Rivera 3-1, Luis Ayala 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Chico 26, Saul Rivera 7, Luis Ayala 4, Jesus Colome 5
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS4001102 .285
Luis Castillo, 2B5120002 .295
David Wright, 3B5030001 .323
Carlos Beltran, CF3011102 .278
Moises Alou, LF5110005 .338
Carlos Delgado, 1B5120013 .256
Paul Lo Duca, C4111002 .276
Carlos Gomez, RF3011011 .233
Mike Pelfrey, P2010001 .095
    Joe Smith, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Conine, PH0000000 .257
   b- Shawn Green, PH0000100 .287
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
   c- Ruben Gotay, PH1000001 .293
    Dave Williams, P0000000 .000
Totals37412432  
a-announced for Smith in the 6th
b-walked for Conine in the 6th
c-popped out for Mota in the 8th
Batting
2B - David Wright (41, Chico), Moises Alou (18, Chico), Carlos Delgado (30, Chico), Mike Pelfrey (1, Chico)
SF - Carlos Beltran (10), Carlos Gomez (3)
RBI - Jose Reyes (53), Carlos Beltran (106), Paul Lo Duca (54), Carlos Gomez (12)
CS - Jose Reyes (21, 2nd base by Chico/Schneider)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1
PB - Paul Lo Duca (2)
E - Moises Alou (4, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey (L,3-8) 5.2576531 5.57
Joe Smith 0.1100000 3.14
Pedro Feliciano 1000220 3.21
Guillermo Mota 1333110 5.97
Dave Williams 1233101 22.85
IBB - Schneider by Mike Pelfrey
HBP - Schneider (by Mike Pelfrey)
WP - Dave Williams (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 97-55, Joe Smith 7-5, Pedro Feliciano 21-9, Guillermo Mota 31-19, Dave Williams 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 6-8, Joe Smith 1-0, Guillermo Mota 1-0, Dave Williams 2-1
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 28, Joe Smith 2, Pedro Feliciano 5, Guillermo Mota 6, Dave Williams 6
Game Information
Attendance - 49164
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Laz Diaz