Game 42: Mets @ Nationals

The Mets will limp into the Subway Series with a victory. The Amazins defeated the Washington Nationals, 10-7, Thursday night to complete a three-city road trip at 2-6.

John Maine left the game after facing one batter and will be examined in New York on Friday. David Wright, a day after sitting, had the Mets' first four RBIs. Wright also snapped his streak of games with a strikeout at 15. Rod Barajas belted his team-leading 10th homer. Raul Valdes contributed five innings out of the bullpen after Maine's departure.


10:19 p.m.: Adam Dunn flies out to left field to leave bases loaded. Mets take a four-run lead to the ninth.

10:16 p.m.: Pedro Feliciano walks Ryan Zimmerman to force in a run. 10-6.

10:10 p.m.: Jenrry Mejia, in his second inning of work, leaves the bases loaded for Pedro Feliciano with two out in the eighth and a run in. Cristian Guzman pinch hits for the Nats and delivers an RBI single against Feliciano to pull Washington within 10-5 as the bases remain loaded. Mejia throws 38 pitches by the way. That would be a nice start to becoming a starter.

9:21 p.m.: Ryota Igarashi allowed a double but no other damage for Triple-A Buffalo in one inning while throwing 19 pitches (13 strikes) vs. Charlotte. The Buffalo News' Mike Harrington reports Igarashi topped out at 93 mph. ... Raul Valdes' five relief innings were the longest by a Met since July 7, 2006, when Darren Oliver went the same distance.

9:13 p.m.: Manny Acosta enters in the sixth. Raul Valdes gives the Mets five big innings. He's charged with seven hits and three runs. The final two runs charged to Valdes were allowed by Acosta after he inherited a pair of runners, walked Ivan Rodriguez and surrendered a two-run single to Willie Harris with none out in the sixth.

9:05 p.m.: Rod Barajas , after two games watching Henry Blanco at catcher, one because of a stomach virus, belts his 10th homer of the season in the sixth. Mets lead, 10-1. Raul Valdes has completed five innings in relief of John Maine.

8:59 p.m.: A Mets pitcher was removed after one batter for only the second time in franchise history. Craig Swan departed on April 26, 1981 after one batter, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. After Tim Raines reached at Olympic Stadium in Game 2 of a doubleheader, catcher Ron Hodges hit Swan in the shoulder trying to throw out Raines attempting to steal.

8:36 p.m.: David Wright adds a sacrifice fly. He has all four RBIs. Mets lead, 4-1, in the fifth inning. ... Make that 8-1. Nats have two costly errors in game.

7:25 p.m.: Trainer out to see John Maine after leadoff walk on five pitches. Maine departs game. Raul Valdes enters. Maine's shoulder is believed to have been barking recently, although there was no official word immediately on his issue. The Mets new something was wrong before he took the mound, because Valdes was warming before Maine threw an official pitch. Check here for more information.

7:13 p.m.: David Wright delivers a three-run double in his first at-bat after a day off. Wright had been 2-for-19 with runners in scoring position since May 3.

7:05 p.m.: Lineups:


Jose Reyes, SS

Alex Cora, 2B

Jason Bay, LF

Ike Davis, 1B

David Wright, 3B

Angel Pagan, CF

Rod Barajas, C

Jeff Francoeur, RF

John Maine, RHP


Nyjer Morgan, CF

Adam Kennedy, 2B

Adam Dunn, 1B

Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

Josh Willingham, LF

Ivan Rodriguez, C

Roger Bernandina, RF

Ian Desmond, SS

Luis Atilano, RHP

Game notes: Jerry Manuel, as promised, leaves Ike Davis in the cleanup spot as the Mets conclude what's currently a 1-6 road trip with Thursday night's game against the Washington Nationals -- although Jason Bay is third and David Wright is fifth. Jose Reyes, Wright, Gary Matthews Jr. and Chris Carter participated in early batting practice at Nationals Park this afternoon. ... Ryota Igarashi, who is due to make a rehab appearance for Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday night, could be activated from the DL after that outing. The original plan had been for the reliever to work back-to-back days with the Bisons. ... Luis Castillo's left foot continues to bother him, and Manuel said his absence may have to be longer than one game. ... Manuel indicated a decision on whether to skip a pitcher for next week's Phillies series at Citi Field -- or whether to skip a pitcher at all -- won't be answered for another day. The Mets can use an off-day to skip R.A. Dickey, John Maine or Hisanori Takahashi against the Phillies and instead move Mike Pelfrey on standard rest into the series. ... Manuel considered resting Reyes on Thursday rather than Castillo, but noted that Reyes' fielding isn't being affected by his hitting troubles, which include too many pop-ups. "He's playing so good defensively," the manager said.