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Murphy continues strong play for Mets since being called up

CBSSports.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- Daniel Murphy and the Mets made sure their relievers had a lead even they could protect.

Murphy added to his stellar start, homering and driving in three runs to help John Maine and New York rout the Washington Nationals 12-0 Wednesday.

"It was a good night for the manager," New York manager Jerry Manuel said with a laugh. "We needed to have an offensive night like this. That is huge for us."

Murphy went 3-for-6 and scored twice and is batting .467 (14-for-30) since being called up from Triple-A New Orleans on Aug. 2. His RBI single drove in the first run of the eight-run third that gave New York a 10-0 lead and let most of the team's embattled bullpen take a night off.

Murphy played a big role in the offensive outburst, something he's done regularly since being called up.

"He is getting it done," Mets catcher Brian Schneider said. "More than anything he is learning, learning the pitchers and learning what to do in the clubhouse. I know it has been a good experience for him. We can't expect him to do anything more."

The eight-run third made it an easy night for Maine (10-7), making his first start since July 28. Maine, who was on the 15-day disabled list with a mild right rotator cuff strain, allowed one hit in five innings.

He struck out six and walked four and was glad to keep the bullpen quiet.

"The bullpen has been getting up and down a lot," Maine said. "It made sense to take me out, but I would have liked to go one more inning."

Brian Stokes pitched the final four innings to complete the four-hitter and get his first save.

The Mets got a run in both the first and second innings before sending 13 batters to the plate in the third. They scored eight runs on just four hits off Washington starter Jason Bergmann (2-9), who walked five in a 51-pitch inning. The Nationals walked 11 in their sixth straight loss.

David Wright and Carlos Delgado both reached base twice in the third. Wright walked and singled and scored twice while Delgado walked twice and scored once.

Carlos Beltran added a two-run double while Murphy and Fernando Tatis had RBI singles. Bergmann even walked Maine with the bases loaded.

Washington manager Manny Acta hoped to get 100 pitches or five innings from Bergmann to help rest his tired bullpen. The pitcher also was scheduled to bat second in the bottom of the third, so Acta let him finish the inning.

"He just couldn't get in a groove," Acta said. "He couldn't throw anything for a strike (and) just got hit around by a good team."

Bergmann felt bad about his performance and apologized to teammates in the locker room. He allowed 10 runs on eight hits in three innings. The right-hander also walked six.

"(This game) is best remembered for forgetting," Bergmann said. "We'll play tomorrow."

Maine walked a second time and Stokes got his second career hit as Mets pitchers reached base three times.

Notes

  • Commissioner Bud Selig was in town for the owners meetings and came to the game.
  • Washington outfielder Ryan Langerhans left because of right side/lower back tightness after pinch-hitting in the fifth.
  • Washington's Lastings Milledge extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a second-inning single.
  • The Mets optioned pitcher Carlos Muniz to New Orleans before the game to open up a spot for Maine.
 
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Daniel Murphy goes 3-for-6, including his second home run since being called up from Triple-A. (AP)
Daniel Murphy goes 3-for-6, including his second home run since being called up from Triple-A. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Murphy
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

J. Maine
IP 5.0
H 1
ER 0
BB 4
K 6
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS6221005 .305
Argenis Reyes, 2B6020015 .238
David Wright, 3B3211211 .294
Carlos Delgado, 1B2101301 .260
    Nick Evans, 1B1000001 .258
Carlos Beltran, CF4112102 .275
    Endy Chavez, CF1010000 .271
Daniel Murphy, LF6233006 .467
Fernando Tatis, RF5222001 .302
Brian Schneider, C2100300 .254
John Maine, P1101200 .114
   a- Robinson Cancel, PH1000000 .233
    Brian Stokes, P1010000 .667
Totals39121311112  
a-grounded out for Maine in the 6th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (31, Bergmann), Carlos Beltran (30, Bergmann), Endy Chavez (10, Shell)
HR - Daniel Murphy (2, Colome), Fernando Tatis (10, Bergmann)
SF - David Wright (8)
RBI - Jose Reyes (51), David Wright (94), Carlos Delgado (76), Carlos Beltran 2 (79), Daniel Murphy 3 (8), Fernando Tatis 2 (35), John Maine (3)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Delgado (29), Carlos Beltran 2 (25), Daniel Murphy 2 (2)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Wright-A. Reyes-Delgado, Wright-A. Reyes-Evans
New York Mets
John Maine (W,10-7) 5100460 3.97
Brian Stokes (S,1) 4300030 3.72
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 90-53, Brian Stokes 52-37
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Maine 6-3, Brian Stokes 3-4
Batters Faced - John Maine 20, Brian Stokes 13
Washington Nationals
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B2010210 .227
Cristian Guzman, SS4000014 .294
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010011 .267
Austin Kearns, RF4000021 .218
Lastings Milledge, CF3010100 .258
Jesus Flores, C4000011 .272
Ronnie Belliard, 1B3000011 .237
Willie Harris, LF2010100 .252
Jason Bergmann, P0000000 .000
   a- Kory Casto, PH1000010 .198
    Jesus Colome, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Langerhans, PH1000011 .257
    Luis Ayala, P0000000 .000
   c- Pete Orr, PH1000001 .217
    Charlie Manning, P0000000 .000
    Steven Shell, P0000000 .000
Totals2904049  
a-struck out for Bergmann in the 3rd
b-struck out for Colome in the 5th
c-flied out for Ayala in the 7th
Fielding
DP - Bonifacio-Zimmerman-Belliard
E - Cristian Guzman (13, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Jason Bergmann (L,2-9) 38106611 4.51
Jesus Colome 2122301 4.79
Luis Ayala 2000100 5.72
Charlie Manning 1200100 5.10
Steven Shell 1200010 2.03
Pitches-Strikes - Jason Bergmann 85-48, Jesus Colome 45-26, Luis Ayala 25-17, Charlie Manning 31-18, Steven Shell 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Bergmann 5-4, Jesus Colome 2-4, Luis Ayala 5-0, Charlie Manning 1-2
Batters Faced - Jason Bergmann 24, Jesus Colome 10, Luis Ayala 6, Charlie Manning 6, Steven Shell 5
Game Information
Attendance - 30814
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Rob Drake