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Bernadina hit his first two major league homers, including a tiebreaking shot off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth inning, and made a marvelous catch to lead the surprising Washington Nationals past New York 6-4 on Wednesday.
"He had, so far, the game of his career," Mets outfielder Jeff Francoeur said.
Starting pitcher Craig Stammen drove in three early runs with a pair of hits for the Nationals (19-15), who took two of three from New York to win their third straight series - all against NL East foes.
Coming off consecutive 59-win seasons, second-place Washington improved to 4-2 this year at Citi Field and 6-1-1 in its last eight series overall.
In this one, Bernadina did it all.
"It's good to see him coming into his own," Stammen said.
Tyler Clippard (7-1) worked a hitless inning, shaking off the loss he took Tuesday night when the Nationals squandered a four-run lead in the eighth.
Matt Capps tossed a perfect ninth for his big league-best 14th save in 14 chances, sending what was left of the sparse crowd home on a damp and misty, 48-degree day.
Cristian Guzman singled off Rodriguez (2-1) with one out in the ninth. One out later, Bernadina, known for speed but not power, drove an 0-1 pitch into the Washington bullpen in right-center for his third hit of the game.
"It was his day," Rodriguez said.
New York tied it at 4 by scoring twice in the fifth off Stammen. Angel Pagan doubled, Alex Cora hit a run-scoring single and Jose Reyes lined an RBI double down the right-field line to snap a 9-for-44 slump.
Moments later, the Mets appeared poised to take the lead when Francoeur sliced a bases-loaded drive to deep right. But Bernadina retreated quickly on the slick grass and, with a fully extended dive, robbed Francoeur of an extra-base hit that surely would have scored three.
"I feel more confident and that's why I think things are getting better," Bernadina said.
Francoeur, stuck in a 12-for-84 (.143) slide, slammed his helmet to the ground in frustration after rounding first base.
"That ruined my day," he said. "It's one of those plays that sticks with you until you wake up the next day."
Washington went ahead in the second inning. Adam Dunn hit a leadoff double and went to third on Guzman's single. A walk to Willie Harris loaded the bases with nobody out, but Mike Pelfrey nearly wriggled out of the jam. He struck out Bernadina and Wil Nieves, leaving only the pitcher in his way.
Stammen, however, lined a 2-2 pitch through the left side for a two-run single.
Pelfrey also produced at the plate, hitting an RBI single in the bottom half that preceded Pagan's sacrifice fly.
Bernadina hit a solo shot to right with two outs in the fourth for his first homer in 115 career at-bats.
"The coaches felt he was ready to break out," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "Before the game, I told the coaches I expected him to hit a double and a triple today. It turned out, it was even better."
Nieves followed with a double and Stammen bounced a single up the middle to make it 4-2. It was the eighth major league RBI for Stammen, who owns a .244 career average in 45 at-bats.
"It's usually going to be a long day when the pitcher has three RBI on the other side," Pelfrey said. "That's unacceptable."
|Besides his first two career HRs, Roger Bernadina robs the Mets of this hit that would have scored three. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Nyjer Morgan, CF||4||0||0||0||1||1||5||.258|
|Adam Kennedy, 2B-1B||4||0||1||0||1||1||0||.247|
|Ryan Zimmerman, 3B||5||0||0||0||0||2||5||.303|
|Adam Dunn, 1B||5||1||2||0||0||0||0||.256|
|Matt Capps, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cristian Guzman, SS-2B||5||2||2||0||0||1||1||.308|
|Willie Harris, LF||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.182|
|Tyler Walker, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|a- Ian Desmond, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Roger Bernadina, RF||5||2||3||3||0||1||6||.263|
|Wil Nieves, C||4||1||1||0||0||2||3||.209|
|Craig Stammen, P||2||0||2||3||0||0||0||.357|
|b- Alberto Gonzalez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.294|
|Sean Burnett, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Willy Taveras, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.182|
|c- Josh Willingham, PH-LF||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.257|
|a-flied out for Clippard in the 9th|
|b-grounded out for Stammen in the 6th|
|c-walked for Taveras in the 8th|
|2B - Adam Dunn (9, Pelfrey), Wil Nieves (2, Pelfrey)|
|HR - Roger Bernadina 2 (2, Pelfrey, Rodriguez)|
|SH - Wil Nieves (1)|
|RBI - Roger Bernadina 3 (4), Craig Stammen 3 (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Roger Bernadina 3 (3), Craig Stammen 3 (4)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Kennedy-Guzman-Dunn|
|E - Ryan Zimmerman (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tyler Clippard (W,7-1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.80|
|Matt Capps (S,14)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.93|
|IBB - Barajas by Craig Stammen|
|Pitches-Strikes - Craig Stammen 100-51, Sean Burnett 16-10, Tyler Walker 10-8, Tyler Clippard 15-11, Matt Capps 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Craig Stammen 5-8, Tyler Walker 1-0, Tyler Clippard 2-2, Matt Capps 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Craig Stammen 25, Sean Burnett 4, Tyler Walker 3, Tyler Clippard 4, Matt Capps 3|
|New York Mets|
|Angel Pagan, CF||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.282|
|Alex Cora, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||0||2||.220|
|Jose Reyes, SS||5||0||1||1||0||0||2||.228|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.264|
|David Wright, 3B||2||1||0||0||2||1||1||.288|
|Ike Davis, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.290|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.235|
|Rod Barajas, C||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.247|
|Mike Pelfrey, P||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.231|
|Hisanori Takahashi, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|a- Gary Matthews Jr., PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.152|
|Pedro Feliciano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Fernando Nieve, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Chris Carter, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.500|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Takahashi in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Nieve in the 8th|
|2B - Angel Pagan (3, Stammen), Jose Reyes (6, Stammen)|
|SF - Angel Pagan (1)|
|RBI - Angel Pagan (15), Alex Cora (5), Jose Reyes (10), Mike Pelfrey (2)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Jose Reyes (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|New York Mets|
|Francisco Rodriguez (L,2-1)||1||2||2||2||0||1||1||2.04|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 119-74, Hisanori Takahashi 7-5, Pedro Feliciano 14-9, Fernando Nieve 21-11, Francisco Rodriguez 14-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 5-7, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Fernando Nieve 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 28, Hisanori Takahashi 2, Pedro Feliciano 4, Fernando Nieve 5, Francisco Rodriguez 5|
|Attendance - 33024|
|Game Time - 3:33|
|Temperature - 48|
|Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - John Hirschbeck|