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N.Y. Mets (20-22) «30005200010150
Washington (21-21)0100020317123

Mets 10, Nationals 7

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WASHINGTON -- David Wright had already staked the New York Mets to a quick three-run lead when John Maine took the mound.

Maine's night was a short one, though. Fortunately the Mets had Raul Valdes.

Valdes filled in admirably for Maine, who left after facing just one batter. He worked five innings Thursday and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 10-7.

In his first at-bat since sitting out for first time this season Wednesday night, Wright put the Mets ahead 3-0 with a double. But in the bottom half, Maine threw just five pitches -- a walk to Nyjer Morgan -- before Mets manager Jerry Manuel removed him.

Maine, who has had problems with his right shoulder, left the game "for precautionary reasons," the Mets said. He will see a doctor Friday.

He wasn't pleased about being removed.

"I didn't get asked," Maine said. "They said they saw something, and they were taking me out. I'm a little hurt by that."

Manuel had conferred with Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, who had noticed during Maine's pregame bullpen that his velocity was down. He had Valdes warming up during Morgan's at-bat.

"He wanted to pitch. We got into a little exchange about that, and I told him I was trying to protect his best interests," Manuel said.

Valdes (2-1) allowed three runs and seven hits. He struck out six and walked one.

Wright's fourth RBI came on a sacrifice fly during a five-run fifth inning for the Mets, who had lost nine of 11. New York was 2-6 on its road trip and return home to play the crosstown rival Yankees for three games starting Friday night.

Wright went 1 for 4 without a strike out, ending a streak where he struck out in a career-high 15 straight games.

"I don't think you can ever expect going out there and scoring 10 runs a game," Wright said. "When we take advantage of their mistakes, when we're keeping the line moving, that's when we're at out best."

Luis Atilano (3-1) allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings for Washington.

Valdes, a 32-year-old rookie left-hander signed this spring from the Mexican League, had never pitched four innings.

All three of Valdes' decisions have come against the Nationals -- a win on May 11 and a loss Wednesday.

Valdes allowed a run in the second when Roger Bernadina's fielder's choice scored Adam Dunn and two runs in the sixth on Willie Harris' pinch-hit single.

By then, the Mets were ahead 10-3.

New York scored five runs in the fifth on a sacrifice fly, Jeff Francoeur's two-run single, an infield RBI single by Jose Reyes and a sacrifice fly by Alex Cora. Rod Barajas' 10th home run of the year, a two-run shot in the sixth, gave the Mets 10 runs -- equaling their high for the year.

"Valdes did a great job. For some reason that's been happening lately if our starter goes out early, the long guy shuts them down. It's huge," said rookie first baseman Ike Davis,who equaled career highs with three hits and three runs.

Washington, which has lost six of seven, scored three runs in the eighth off Jenrry Mejia and one in the ninth off Francisco Rodriguez.

"We just played terrible baseball," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "We played hard, but we didn't play smart."

Washington committed three errors -- tying a season high.

Notes

Nationals principal owner Mark Lerner was struck by a ball while standing in right field during batting practice. Lerner was in uniform and shagging balls. According to The Washington Post, Lerner was struck on the bridge of his nose and received stitches. A team spokesman declined comment. ... This was the second time in Mets history that a starting pitcher was removed from a game after facing just one batter. It last happened on Apr. 26, 1981, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... Valdes' five-inning relief stint was the longest by a New York reliever since Darren Oliver worked five innings against Florida on July 7, 2006.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 4
Washington

W. Harris
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 3
 
New York Mets
Jose Reyes, SS5121104 .216
Alex Cora, 2B4001004 .217
Jason Bay, LF5230012 .281
Ike Davis, 1B5330001 .289
David Wright, 3B4014003 .262
Angel Pagan, CF3100212 .271
Rod Barajas, C5222012 .276
Jeff Francoeur, RF5122000 .225
John Maine, P0000000 .000
    Raul Valdes, P2010000 .500
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
   a- Gary Matthews Jr., PH1010000 .189
    Jenrry Mejia, P0000000 .000
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
   b- Fernando Tatis, PH0000100 .220
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Totals3910151043  
a-singled for Acosta in the 7th
b-walked for Feliciano in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ike Davis 2 (7, Atilano, Atilano), David Wright (9, Atilano)
HR - Rod Barajas (10, T. Walker)
SF - Alex Cora (1), David Wright (4)
SH - Raul Valdes (2)
RBI - Jose Reyes (12), Alex Cora (8), David Wright 4 (30), Rod Barajas 2 (24), Jeff Francoeur 2 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas 2 (6)
SB - Jeff Francoeur (4, 2nd base off Burnett/Nieves)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Angel Pagan 1
DP - Cora-Davis
New York Mets
John Maine0000100 6.13
Raul Valdes (W,2-1) 5733160 3.20
Manny Acosta 1100210 3.27
Jenrry Mejia 1.2233200 3.79
Pedro Feliciano 0.1100100 1.50
Francisco Rodriguez 1111000 2.18
WP - Jenrry Mejia (1)
Pitches-Strikes - John Maine 5-1, Raul Valdes 80-47, Manny Acosta 23-8, Jenrry Mejia 38-19, Pedro Feliciano 14-7, Francisco Rodriguez 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Raul Valdes 2-6, Jenrry Mejia 4-1, Francisco Rodriguez 1-2
Batters Faced - John Maine 1, Raul Valdes 22, Manny Acosta 5, Jenrry Mejia 9, Pedro Feliciano 3, Francisco Rodriguez 4
Washington Nationals
Nyjer Morgan, CF3010122 .255
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
   a- Alberto Gonzalez, PH-2B0000100 .297
Adam Kennedy, 2B4010002 .255
   b- Cristian Guzman, PH-RF1011000 .333
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4001123 .311
Adam Dunn, 1B5220003 .261
    Sean Burnett, P0000000 .000
Josh Willingham, LF4210111 .262
Ivan Rodriguez, C2020100 .333
    Wil Nieves, C2110001 .216
Roger Bernadina, RF2001011 .281
    Tyler Walker, P0000000 .000
   c- Willie Harris, PH-CF3013001 .183
Ian Desmond, SS5121002 .277
Luis Atilano, P1000010 .091
    Mike Morse, RF-1B1100201 .250
Totals37712777  
a-walked for Batista in the 8th
b-singled for Kennedy in the 8th
c-singled for T. Walker in the 6th
Batting
2B - Adam Dunn 2 (12, Valdes, Valdes), Josh Willingham (6, Rodriguez), Wil Nieves (3, Mejia)
3B - Ivan Rodriguez (1, Valdes)
RBI - Cristian Guzman (15), Ryan Zimmerman (25), Roger Bernadina (8), Willie Harris 3 (13), Ian Desmond (19)
2-OUT RBI - Cristian Guzman (4), Ryan Zimmerman (10), Ian Desmond (9)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Atilano-Dunn, Kennedy-Desmond-Dunn, Kennedy-Desmond-Dunn
E - Ian Desmond 2 (9, Missed catch of throw), Tyler Walker (1, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
Luis Atilano (L,3-1) 4.1976310 5.06
Tyler Walker 1.2432011 5.06
Miguel Batista 2200000 5.55
Sean Burnett 1000110 2.84
IBB - Reyes by Luis Atilano, by Pagan
Pitches-Strikes - Luis Atilano 91-57, Tyler Walker 23-18, Miguel Batista 27-14, Sean Burnett 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luis Atilano 4-8, Tyler Walker 2-3, Miguel Batista 3-1, Sean Burnett 2-1
Batters Faced - Luis Atilano 25, Tyler Walker 10, Miguel Batista 6, Sean Burnett 5
Game Information
Attendance - 23612
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Tim Timmons