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New York at Washington

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N.Y. Mets (67-91)1200000003102
Washington (54-103) «00003001x480

Nationals 4, Mets 3

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WASHINGTON -- Another meltdown by the New York Mets gave the Washington Nationals a rare winning streak.

With the help of two wild throws on potential double-play grounders in the eighth inning, the 103-loss Nationals scored the tiebreaking run in a 4-3 win over the Mets on Tuesday night for their second straight win.

"It was kind of embarrassing to watch that kind of play -- especially at that time of the game," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "Poor, poor, poor defensive play."

With one out and the scored tied at 3, Mike Morse walked against Nick Green (1-4) and Justin Maxwell ran for him. Cristian Guzman grounded to shortstop, but former Nationals infielder Anderson Hernandez's toss to second was off target, allowing Maxwell to advance and Guzman reached first.

Ian Desmond, who had earlier hit a two-run homer, then grounded to shortstop. Hernandez threw to second baseman Luis Castillo to force Guzman, but Castillo's relay to first landed in Washington's dugout and Maxwell scored.

The Mets, who were considered a championship contender when the season started but had their year wrecked by injuries, matched the 2004 team with their 91st loss. New York hadn't lost more than 79 games since then.

"We have to put forth a better effort than we did tonight," Manuel said.

Castillo also cost the Mets a game in June when he dropped Alex Rodriguez's popup in the bottom of the ninth inning.

"I think I have a chance to turn a double play," Castillo said. "I hurried the ball."

The win was the Nationals' second in a row against New York -- just the second time this month the club with the worst record in the majors has managed back-to-back victories.

"We've played hard all year -- well, the last few months -- and I think we haven't been rewarded too much," interim manager Jim Riggleman said. "We just couldn't find a way to win ballgames. The fact that they have grinded it out, I think you have to be proud of. In September, it's tough to do that."

Tyler Clippard (3-2), who pitched two scoreless innings and worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth, got the win. Mike MacDougal picked up his 18th save with a scoreless ninth thanks to Elijah Dukes' spectacular catch to end it.

With Angel Pagan on first, David Wright hit a long fly to right. On a run, Dukes caught it and slammed face-first into the scoreboard in right field. He fell backward, but held on to the ball for the final out.

"When it first came off the bat, I thought it was a double," Dukes said. "I got that good jump, I was gaining ground on the ball and I said I've got a chance."

Manuel, who can't help but feel snakebit, wasn't surprised Dukes made such a wonderful grab.

"The way we're going, I thought he'd climb over the fence and pull it back," Manuel said.

The Nationals trailed 3-0 as the Mets scored once in the first and twice in the second. The first four Mets reached against starter J.D. Martin. Pagan led off with a double. Castillo bunted for a base hit. Wright walked to load the bases, and Pagan scored when Carlos Beltran walked.

New York added two runs in the second on a double by Wilson Valdez, starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey's sacrifice bunt, an RBI single by Pagan and a two-out RBI double by Wright.

In the first four innings, Pelfrey had allowed just Martin's slow roller for a hit in the third. In the fifth inning, he allowed three runs. Desmond blasted a two-run home run, his second. With two outs, Willie Harris, Dukes and Ryan Zimmerman singled. Zimmerman's RBI tied the game at 3.

Notes

New York LHP Pedro Feliciano appeared in his 86th game, tying the club record he set a year ago. ... Washington C Wil Nieves returned after missing 10 games with a strained left hamstring. ... Pelfrey said he was leaving the team to visit his ailing grandfather and won't pitch again this season. RHP Nelson Figueroa will start against Houston in the Mets' final game on Sunday. ... Riggleman hasn't named a starter for Saturday's game in Atlanta. It's LHP Ross Detwiler's turn, but the team has shut the rookie down.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

I. Desmond
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

A. Pagan
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Angel Pagan, LF5231010 .302
Luis Castillo, 2B5010012 .309
David Wright, 3B4021111 .307
Carlos Beltran, CF3011102 .330
Daniel Murphy, 1B4010004 .264
Jeff Francoeur, RF3000103 .276
Brian Schneider, C4010006 .218
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Wilson Valdez, SS3110001 .268
   a- Jeremy Reed, PH1000003 .245
    Anderson Hernandez, SS0000000 .258
Mike Pelfrey, P2000001 .096
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Sean Green, P0000000 .000
    Omir Santos, C0000000 .252
   b- Cory Sullivan, PH1000010 .248
Totals35310334  
a-lined out for Valdez in the 8th
b-struck out for Santos in the 9th
Batting
2B - Angel Pagan (19, Martin), David Wright 2 (38, Martin, Martin), Wilson Valdez (3, Martin)
SH - Mike Pelfrey (5)
RBI - Angel Pagan (32), David Wright (70), Carlos Beltran (47)
2-OUT RBI - David Wright (18)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
E - Luis Castillo (11, Throwing), Anderson Hernandez (12, Throwing)
New York Mets
Mike Pelfrey 7833121 5.03
Pedro Feliciano 0.1000010 3.07
Sean Green (L,1-4) 0.1010100 4.73
Francisco Rodriguez 0.1000100 3.09
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 108-74, Pedro Feliciano 4-3, Sean Green 10-5, Francisco Rodriguez 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 13-6, Sean Green 2-0
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 30, Pedro Feliciano 1, Sean Green 3, Francisco Rodriguez 2
Washington Nationals
Willie Harris, CF-LF3110100 .234
Elijah Dukes, RF4020002 .254
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4011001 .287
Adam Dunn, 1B4000022 .270
Mike Morse, LF3000100 .282
    Justin Maxwell, PR-CF0100000 .236
Pete Orr, 2B3110000 .271
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
   a- Cristian Guzman, PH1000000 .287
    Mike MacDougal, P0000000 .000
Ian Desmond, SS4122000 .305
Wil Nieves, C3000101 .255
J.D. Martin, P2010010 .174
    Alberto Gonzalez, 2B2000002 .262
Totals3348333  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Clippard in the 8th
Batting
2B - Ian Desmond (6, Pelfrey)
HR - Ian Desmond (2, Pelfrey)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (103), Ian Desmond 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (28)
SB - Ian Desmond (1, 3rd base off Rodriguez/Santos)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez-Dunn
Washington Nationals
J.D. Martin 6733200 4.69
Tyler Clippard (W,3-2) 2200120 2.91
Mike MacDougal (S,18) 1100020 4.42
Pitches-Strikes - J.D. Martin 95-64, Tyler Clippard 31-19, Mike MacDougal 16-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J.D. Martin 6-12, Tyler Clippard 1-2
Batters Faced - J.D. Martin 27, Tyler Clippard 8, Mike MacDougal 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19614
Game Time - 2:37
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Brian Runge