Game Recaps

Nationals Beat Mets Again

Jeremy Hefner got the spot start for the Mets Wednesday night against the Nationals in order to give Johan Santana more rest after his 134-pitch no-hitter. Well, he didn’t pitch poorly, but he didn’t win the game, either.

Adam LaRoche hit a 3-run homer in the 1st
Adam LaRoche hit a 3-run homer in the 1st

Hefner got off to a rocky start — in the first inning Daniel Murphy booted an easy grounder for yet another Met error, Ryan Zimmerman walked and Adam LaRoche slammed a three-run shot into the seats for the early 3-0 lead.

The Mets tried to nibble away at the lead. In the third Kirk Nieuwenhuis singled-in Omar Quintanilla to make it 3-1.

The Mets took advantage of some poor Nationals defense in the fourth. David Wright singled but was able to get all the way to third on a throwing error by pitcher Edwin Jackson. Wright scored on a Lucas Duda groundout to make it 3-2.

The Nationals added another run in the fifth on singles by Zimmerman, LaRoche and Michael Morse.

Ike Davis doubled to lead off the seventh, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on another ground out to make it  a 4-3 game.

Hefner deserves credit for settling down after the terrible first inning and giving the Mets six innings of work. They needed it after depleting the bullpen in Tuesday’s 12-inning marathon.

Tim Byrdak allowed a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly, making it 5-3.

Mets lose 5-3 and are now in fourth place, two and a half games out of first, after being so close to being on top of the NL East on Tuesday.

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