If you ask Mike Pelfrey, he'll tell you that Wednesday night was one of his best outings of 2011.
He tied a season high by striking out six in seven innings, and he did not allow an earned run.
But all he had to show for it at the end of the night was another loss.
"I had good stuff," Pelfrey said. "I would say the slider and the curveball being together is probably the best that it's been all year. I thought I did a good job of locating the fastball, too. It's just unfortunate that it didn't work out."
It didn't work out for Pelfrey mostly because of a costly David Wright error in the third inning.
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Wright committed his seventh error in nine games when he booted an Ian Desmond ground ball with one out. Desmond eventually came around to score on a Michael Morse single. In all, Washington plated two in the inning, neither of which were earned because of Wright's error.
After his latest flub, bench coach Chip Hale told Wright that he "couldn't have played it any better. You just didn't catch it."
The fact that Wright was in the right position was of little solace to Pelfrey, who has won just three times since July 5.
The big righty cruised after the third, throwing fewer than 40 pitches over his final four frames. He said afterward that he could easily have thrown all nine innings, but Collins pulled him for a pinch-hitter in the seventh.
"It's frustrating," he said.
Pelfrey, whom the Mets had hoped would be a reliable No. 1 with Johan Santana out, fell to 7-12 on the year.
But Terry Collins thought he deserved win No. 8 on Wednesday night.
"Right now, you've got to be perfect. And when you're not, the way we're struggling offensively, we can't give [pitchers] any support," Collins said.