The return of Jose Reyes
to the active roster of the New York Mets was supposed to bring life to the team. Instead, he showed rust in making an error on a ball literally hit right at him, and the rest of the lineup apparently felt the most appropriate way to celebrate his return was to strike out as often as possible. Nats pitchers struck out Mets batters 10 times, including 7 by Yankee cast off Tyler Clippard
in 3 innings of relief. Reyes woke up in the 9th inning, getting his first hit of the 2010 season, and it appeared to spark the Mets as they loaded the bases, but their inability to hit with runners in scoring position reared it's ugly head as Met-killer Willie Harris
dove to snag a two-out line drive off the bat of catcher Rod Barajas
to end the game. Washington Nationals 4, Mets 3.Oliver Perez
(0-1) started for the Mets and offered fans a ray of hope with a 1-2-3 1st inning. But in the top of the 2nd a 1-out single to Josh Willingham
and a 2-out walk to Ivan Rodriguez
put runners on 1st and 2nd. 8th place batter Willy Taveras
then tripled to left-center driving in both for a 2-0 Nats lead. In the bottom of the 2nd the Mets got both runs right back. Jason Bay
led off with a walk, Jeff Francoeur
doubled him to 3rd and Gary Matthews Jr.
walked to load the bases with none out. Fernando Tatis
fouled out then Henry Blanco
drove in Bay with a sacrifice fly. Perez surprised the universe with an RBI single and after 2 it was 2-2.
In the 3rd inning the Mets again loaded the bases with no one out, but failed to score. Francoeur hit a ground ball about 6 inches in front of home plate which Nats catcher Rodriguez picked up while stepping on home plate for the force out, then threw to 1st to complete the double play. Next batter Matthews Jr. grounded out to end the inning. In the top of the 4th the Nats took the lead for good. Taveras did the damage again, his 2-run single driving in Adam Dunn
and Ian Desmond
for a 4-2 Nats lead. A Tatis RBI single in the in the bottom of the 5th plated Bay with the Mets final run of the afternoon making it 4-3 Nats.
Clippard came on in the 6th and proceeded to strike out the Mets as if his life depended on it, or at least as if their's didn't. In case someone wasn't impressed enough Clippard added a single when hitting in the top of the 7th. He held the Mets scoreless for 3 innings making a winner of John Lannan
The Mets didn't wake up until the 9th inning, and it was too late. Nats closer Matt Capps
was rough giving up a single to Reyes, and after a sacrifice bunt by Alex Cora
he walked David Wright
. Bay struck out then Francoeur walked, loading the bases for Barajas. Harris worked his defensive magic against the Mets yet again, catching Barajas' sinking liner, putting the Mets offense back to sleep, Capps notched his 2nd save and a win was in the books for Washington.Box score