7,471: Longballs help Mets top Nationals 9-7

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7,471 games without a New York Mets no-hitter

Carlos Beltran

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.

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