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N.Y. Mets (44-48) «230000001691
Washington (26-66)000200000260

Hernandez, Francoeur fuel Mets past hapless Nats

CBSSports.com wire reports
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WASHINGTON -- Livan Hernandez loves pitching against the Washington Nationals.

Hernandez threw seven solid innings and Jeff Francoeur hit his first homer with the Mets, leading New York to a 6-2 victory over woeful Washington on Monday night.

Hernandez (6-5) allowed two runs and five hits to end a four-game losing streak and earn his first win since he tossed seven scoreless innings June 7 at Washington. The right-hander improved to 3-0 with a 1.17 ERA against Washington this season and 8-1 with a 2.74 ERA against the Nationals in his career.

"You want to pitch different every time you play a team," Hernandez said. "What I do is try and throw some pitches they haven't seen before."

Hernandez pitched for the Nationals franchise for four seasons, its last two in Montreal and first two in Washington. He is 11-5 with a 3.67 ERA against the club for his career.

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"I was kind of anxiously waiting for him to get through the first inning, and once he did that, he began to cruise," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said.

Hernandez got lots of help from Francoeur, who went deep for the first time since he was acquired from Atlanta on July 10. He finished with three hits and two RBI for the injury-riddled Mets.

"We've been pressing a little bit," Francoeur said. "I know it's been a little difficult time in here."

Francoeur had been shocked by the trade from his hometown team, and was unnerved by a quick return with New York last weekend.

"I'm not going to lie to you. I didn't know it was going to be so emotional in Atlanta," he said. "It was definitely a little difficult the first couple of games."

The Mets have scored six runs or more just six times in 25 games since All-Star center fielder Carlos Beltran went on the disabled list on June 22. They improved to 10-15 over that stretch.

Washington has lost six straight to lower its major league-worst record to 26-66 and is 0-5 since Jim Riggleman became interim manager a week ago.

The Mets pushed across two runs in the first and three in the second against J.D. Martin (0-1), who was making his major league debut. Daniel Murphy had an RBI single and Francoeur doubled in a run in the first. Angel Pagan and Luis Castillo had two-out RBI singles in the second, and Murphy followed with a run-scoring double.

Josh Bard hit a two-run double in the fourth for the Nationals but that was it. Pedro Feliciano and Sean Green combined to work the eighth before Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth.

Riggleman was impressed with Hernandez's effort.

"He's just the ultimate pro. He's a thinking man's pitcher," he said.

The 26-year-old Martin, who was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday, allowed five runs and eight hits in four innings.

Francoeur led off the ninth with his sixth homer.

Notes

  • New York general manager Omar Minaya said chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon recently gave him and Manuel a vote of confidence.
  • The Mets placed RHP Fernando Nieve on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right thigh. He's expected to miss at least six weeks. Nieve suffered the injury running the bases in Sunday's loss in Atlanta. OF Cory Sullivan was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.
  • LHP Scott Olsen, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury, saw Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., and Riggleman said there was damage to his labrum.
  • 3B Ryan Zimmerman was given the night off by Riggleman.
  • OF Gary Sheffield (sore right hamstring) may be ready to pinch hit on Tuesday, but won't start, Manuel said.
 
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Jeff Francoeur is congratulated after he belts his first HR since being acquired by the Mets on July 10.  (AP)
Jeff Francoeur is congratulated after he belts his first HR since being acquired by the Mets on July 10. (AP)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Francoeur
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Washington

J. Bard
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, CF4221010 .320
Luis Castillo, 2B3111000 .291
Daniel Murphy, 1B4122010 .242
David Wright, 3B4000022 .318
Jeff Francoeur, RF4132000 .258
Jeremy Reed, LF4000002 .250
Alex Cora, SS4110010 .245
Brian Schneider, C4000010 .215
Livan Hernandez, P3000011 .125
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals3469607  
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (13, Martin), Jeff Francoeur (14, Martin)
HR - Jeff Francoeur (6, Kensing)
SH - Luis Castillo (10)
RBI - Angel Pagan (5), Luis Castillo (20), Daniel Murphy 2 (31), Jeff Francoeur 2 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Angel Pagan (3), Luis Castillo (9), Daniel Murphy (11), Jeff Francoeur (22)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Castillo-Cora-Murphy, Murphy-Cora-Feliciano
E - Daniel Murphy (8, Throwing)
New York Mets
Livan Hernandez (W,6-5) 7522230 4.93
Pedro Feliciano (H,17) 0.2100100 2.95
Sean Green (H,11) 0.1000000 5.27
Francisco Rodriguez 1000010 1.81
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 97-57, Pedro Feliciano 9-5, Sean Green 4-3, Francisco Rodriguez 12-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 12-6, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Francisco Rodriguez 2-0
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 28, Pedro Feliciano 3, Sean Green 1, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Washington Nationals
Nyjer Morgan, CF4000000 .289
Ronnie Belliard, 2B3010100 .196
Nick Johnson, 1B4010010 .305
Adam Dunn, LF4110002 .265
Cristian Guzman, SS4000001 .297
Austin Kearns, RF3110100 .201
Willie Harris, 3B3000103 .237
Josh Bard, C4022020 .265
J.D. Martin, P1000002 .000
   a- Alberto Gonzalez, PH1000001 .315
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   b- Anderson Hernandez, PH1000010 .252
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
Totals3226234  
a-grounded out for Martin in the 4th
b-struck out for Clippard in the 7th
Batting
2B - Josh Bard 2 (12, Hernandez, Hernandez)
RBI - Josh Bard 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Bard 2 (6)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Belliard-Guzman-N. Johnson
Washington Nationals
J.D. Martin (L,0-1) 4855010 11.25
Tyler Clippard 3000050 2.13
Logan Kensing 2111011 11.93
Pitches-Strikes - J.D. Martin 74-51, Tyler Clippard 28-21, Logan Kensing 18-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.D. Martin 8-2, Tyler Clippard 2-2, Logan Kensing 4-1
Batters Faced - J.D. Martin 19, Tyler Clippard 9, Logan Kensing 7
Game Information
Attendance - 19169
Game Time - 2:16
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Brian Knight