The Mets’ bats recovered from two nights off in the nation’s capital Wednesday night and came alive with four home runs as New York beat the Washington Nationals 9-7.
Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado each hit solo shots in the first inning, and Carlos Beltran blasted a two-run homer in the third and a solo shot in the eighth. Both Reyes and Delgado also had RBI singles and Daniel Murphy contributed with a run-scoring triple.
The high scoring performance proved necessary, as the Mets’ bullpen – seven pitchers in all – allowed a collective five runs over four innings of work.
Brandon Knight got the start for the Mets and responded with a solid five-inning performance, allowing two earned runs on six hits, four walks and five strike outs. Knight lost his no-hitter in the second inning when Lastings Milledge led off with a single, making it 7,471 New York Mets games without a no-no.
The Phillies won as well, so the Mets remain a half game back in the N.L. East, hanging on to the wild card slot.