Washington at New York

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Washington (70-77) «002000000260
N.Y. Mets (71-78)000000000041

Nationals 2, Mets 0

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NEW YORK -- Stephen Strasburg isn't the only talented young pitcher wearing the curly W.

Brad Peacock pitched five impressive innings, blanking the Mets on a mere two singles and earning his first big league win Wednesday night as the Washington Nationals held off New York 2-0.

"I was pretty happy with it," Peacock said.

Peacock followed his usual routine, warming up in the bullpen and then tossing the ball to his dad. Once he reached the mound for his first start in the majors, Peacock reminded himself to do something else to settle down: "Take deep breaths."

Peacock's father and mother were waiting outside the Washington clubhouse, eager to share the moment with several family members and friends.

"We always knew major league baseball was home for him," Jerry Peacock said. "He's home."

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Camera slung over his shoulder, his dad was busy all evening. Asked how many pictures he shot of his son, he said: "About 150. Maybe 1,000. I was flickin'."

Center fielder Rick Ankiel preserved this victory, making a diving catch in left-center on Jose Reyes' liner with runners at the corners for the final out. The Nationals won their fourth in a row and improved to 70-77, topping last year's win total. They also pulled into a virtual tie with the Mets for third place in the NL East - the franchise has not finished third or higher since 2002, when it played in Montreal.

Michael Morse and Jayson Werth hit RBI singles with two outs in the third after yet another error by third baseman David Wright, sending the Mets to their fifth straight loss. Earlier in the day, Atlanta's win officially eliminated New York from playoff contention.

Peacock (1-0) was in command from the start during his second game in the majors, having made a brief relief appearance last week. The 23-year-old righty gave a performance certainly worth of Strasburg, the former overall No. 1 pick.

"I'm impressed," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

A 41st-round draft choice in 2006, Peacock set down the first eight New York batters before walking pitcher Mike Pelfrey on a full count in the third.

Peacock faced his lone jam in the fourth when a walk to Jason Bay loaded the bases with two outs. Pitching coach Steve McCatty strolled to the mound and did most of the talking, with Peacock nodding yes several times during the visit.

Peacock then demonstrated plenty of poise, mixing fastballs and curves before tossing a changeup that got fellow rookie Josh Satin to pop up. The Mets have been lacking key hits all season -- they left 10 runners on base and have stranded the most in the majors.

"It was awesome," Peacock said.

After 94 pitches, three walks and two strikeouts, Peacock was pulled. He went a combined 15-3 in Double-A and Triple-A this year and Johnson said Peacock would be on a short leash, but not a pitch count.

"I was right on the edge of hooking him a couple of times," Johnson said.

Tom Gorzelanny, Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen finished with shutout relief. Storen got his 37th save in 42 chances, working around a pair of leadoff walks when Justin Turner popped up a bunt back to the mound. The Mets failed on three bunt tries Tuesday night in a 3-2 loss.

"He's been known for the dramatic," Johnson said of his closer. "We've had some scares."

Pelfrey (7-12) took the hard-luck loss, leaving him with only one win in his last 10 starts. Both runs against him were unearned after Wright's fifth error in seven games.

"There were some real positives" in Pelfrey's effort, Mets manager Terry Collins said. "But like I just told him, right now you've got to be perfect. And when you're not, the way we're struggling offensively, we can't give them any support."

Reyes went 1 for 5 and never needed to test his bothersome left hamstring. The speedy star noticeably did not steal in a key spot Tuesday night, and Collins acknowledged before this game: "At times, it may not be the same guy we know."

Notes

Nationals 1B Chris Marrero had two hits, giving him 19 in his first 17 big league games. ... Mets RHP Chris Schwinden will start the series finale Thursday. He lost in his major league debut against Atlanta last week. Nationals LHP Tommy Milone makes his third big league start.

 
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Players of the Game
New York

M. Pelfrey
IP 7.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 2
K 6
Washington

B. Peacock
IP 5.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 3
K 2
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Desmond, SS4110000 .245
Rick Ankiel, CF3000101 .246
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B2100201 .291
Michael Morse, LF4011011 .306
    Tyler Clippard, P0000000 .000
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
Jayson Werth, RF4011001 .234
Danny Espinosa, 2B4010022 .231
Chris Marrero, 1B4020011 .311
Jesus Flores, C4000011 .240
Brad Peacock, P2000020 .000
    Tom Gorzelanny, P1000010 .107
    Roger Bernadina, LF0000000 .246
Totals3226238  
Batting
RBI - Michael Morse (86), Jayson Werth (56)
2-OUT RBI - Michael Morse (30), Jayson Werth (17)
SB - Ian Desmond (23, 2nd base off Pelfrey/Thole)
Team LOB - 6
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brad Peacock (W,1-0) 5200320 1.42
Tom Gorzelanny (H,2) 2200020 4.13
Tyler Clippard (H,34) 1000020 1.89
Drew Storen (S,37) 1000200 3.03
HBP - Wright (by Tom Gorzelanny)
WP - Brad Peacock (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Peacock 94-61, Tom Gorzelanny 39-25, Tyler Clippard 13-9, Drew Storen 21-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Peacock 2-11, Tom Gorzelanny 1-3, Drew Storen 1-2
Batters Faced - Brad Peacock 20, Tom Gorzelanny 9, Tyler Clippard 3, Drew Storen 5
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5010004 .331
Ruben Tejada, 2B4010002 .271
    Miguel Batista, P0000000 .000
    Josh Stinson, P0000000 .000
Lucas Duda, RF3000110 .281
David Wright, 3B3000011 .263
Angel Pagan, CF4000022 .263
Jason Bay, LF2010200 .246
Joshua Satin, 1B3000025 .222
   a- Willie Harris, PH0000100 .248
Josh Thole, C2000000 .259
   b- Justin Turner, PH-2B2010002 .269
Mike Pelfrey, P1000100 .096
   c- Ronny Paulino, PH-C1000001 .276
   d- Jason Pridie, PH1000001 .225
Totals3104056  
a-walked for Satin in the 9th
b-doubled for Thole in the 7th
c-flied out for Pelfrey in the 7th
d-hit into fielder's choice for Paulino in the 9th
Batting
2B - Justin Turner (28, Gorzelanny)
SB - David Wright (12, 2nd base off Gorzelanny/Flores)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Reyes-Tejada-Satin, Tejada-Satin
E - David Wright (17, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Pelfrey (L,7-12) 7620260 4.48
Miguel Batista 1000100 4.18
Josh Stinson 1000020 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Pelfrey 94-67, Miguel Batista 10-4, Josh Stinson 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Pelfrey 5-9, Miguel Batista 3-0
Batters Faced - Mike Pelfrey 28, Miguel Batista 4, Josh Stinson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 26885
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor