The Mets used ground outs, sacrifice flies, homers and errors to run up 9 runs on the Washington Nationals and sweep the three-game series with a 9-3 victory.
The Mets got on the scoreboard in the fourth after Argenis Reyes reached base on a single to left center, and then moved over to third on a hit-and-run double by David Wright. Carlos Delgado grounded out with the infield back, scoring Reyes and moving Wright over to third. Beltran followed with a deep fly ball to center to sacrifice home Wright.
Brian Schneider added a two-run homer in the fifth and Delgado led off the sixth with a solo shot.
Oliver Perez pitched great through six innings but got into trouble in the seventh, giving up three runs.
Damion Easley knocked in Daniel Murphy and Fernando Tatis in the ninth inning for some well-need insurance runs and a couple of defensive misplays by the Nats added a couple more.
Perez lost his no-hitter with the game’s second batter when Ronnie Belliard singled to left, making it 7,441 games without a New York Mets no-hitter.