Mets Thump Nationals, Stop Losing Streak

The ball was really carrying at Nationals Park in our nation’s capital Wednesday night, enough to carry the Mets to a victory and an end to their four game losing streak.

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Marlon Byrd gets the high fives after his first of two homers on the night.

Dillon Gee allowed a run in the first, courtesy of a double, walk and single.

But the lead was short-lived. Lucas Duda led off the second inning against Dan Haren with a double and Marlon Byrd followed with a home run to center to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

The Mets piled on in the third. With one out Daniel Murphy singled and then David Wright hit a two-run homer to left to make it a 4-1 game. Wright now has eighth home runs to go along with 32 RBIs. With two outs it was Byrd again, homering  again to extend the Mets lead to 5-1. Byrd also has eight homers on the season.

The Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth (two walks and a Wright single) against Nationals reliever Craig Stammen, and Anthony Recker came through with a single to left to score two more runs to make it 7-1 Mets. Juan Lagares singled and with Gee due up next, Tim Teufel waved Ike Davis in to score, but Davis decided to stop instead. Gee instead came to the plate with the bases loaded and grounded out to end the inning.

Making his major league debut, hard-throwing Nationals reliever Ian Krol allowed a leadoff double to Omar Quintanilla in the sixth. A wild pitch advanced him to third. But Krol struck out Murphy, Wright and Duda to end the inning.

Byrd walked in the seventh and came home on a Recker double to make it 8-1. Lagares singled to move Recker to third. Gee singled to make it 9-1, his first RBI of the season. Murphy doubled to plate Lagares as the Mets took a 10-1 lead.

The Mets pounded out 15 hits as every starter collected at least one as the Mets win 10-1.

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