Instant Destroyer and Killer is a 5-tool playerThe Washington Nationals crushed, killed and destroyed the New York Mets at Nationals Park Saturday night, scoring 3 runs in the 1st inning and cruising to a 7-1 victory.   At least it was a quick kill, the game lasted just 2 hours.   Nats starting pitcher John Lannan (3-5) tossed a 4-hitter for the first complete game victory of his career.Nick Johnson led the hit parade for Washington, with 2 doubles and a 3-run homer (5) in 4 at bats.   Adam Dunn (17) and Elijah Dukes (5) also homered for the Nats.Oh Cathy you always make me smileIt was a Saturday night of reckless abandon for the Mets.   The first 5 Nationals' batters all hit line drives off of Met starter John Maine in the bottom of the 1st inning.   Christian Guzman lined out to Fernando Tatis leading off, then the next 4 batters reached base as Johnson doubled, Ryan Zimmerman singled him home, and Dunn followed with a 2-run homer off of the facing of the 2nd deck in the right field stands.   Then Dukes singled to finish the consecutive line drive display.He went thataway I tells yaThe Mets hit into 5 double plays in the game.   Certainly the most memorable one occurred in the top of the 4th.   Luis Castillo led off with a walk.   Emil Brown then hit a fly ball to right-center field that Nats' right fielder Dukes overran, slowed down and thrust his glove down and back the way he had come.   Replays showed that Dukes caught the ball, but on the field umpires quickly and decisively ruled that the ball was trapped.   Brown noticed this and rounded 1st base with what he thought was a single, but Castillo believed the ball had been caught and scrambled back toward 1st base.   Brown yelled and pointed but Castillo passed him which by rule 7.088 meant that Brown was out, 3 unassisted if you were scoring at home (I was).   At that point Castillo,   bewildered and between 1st and 2nd, ran toward 2nd and was tagged out by shortstop Guzman for the unique double play.Maine felt like givingMaine started for the Mets and gave up all 7 Nats runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 4 innings.   The bullpen was again a bright spot as Ken Takahashi and newcomer Fernando Nieve threw 2 scoreless innings each.   The Mets are now 1-4 on the road trip and look to Livan Hernandez to finish the trip with a win tomorrow afternoon before returning home to face the arch-nemesis Philadelphia Phillies.After the game Jerry Manuel announced that Emil Brown had been sent down to make room for Ryan Church who is expected to be activated from the disabled list tomorrow.Box score courtesy
NY Mets
L. Castillo 2b200002000.277
E. Brown rf401000002.200
C. Beltran cf400000101.346
G. Sheffield lf300000000.259
D. Wright 3b211001000.340
F. Tatis 1b301000001.273
O. Santos c301000001.261
W. Valdez ss300000003.250
J. Maine p100000000.200
K. Takahashi p100000100.000
F. Nieve p000000000.000
D. Murphy ph100000000.240
GIDP - E Brown, F Tatis, W Valdez 2.
Team LOB - 2.
Outfield assists - C Beltran (J Lannan at Home).
C. Guzman ss310001001.328
N. Johnson 1b423310100.332
R. Zimmerman 3b311101100.320
A. Dunn lf411210101.258
A. Kearns rf000000000.220
E. Dukes rf-lf413110000.277
W. Harris cf300001002.259
A. Hernandez 2b400000003.270
W. Nieves c400000000.264
J. Lannan p311001100.130
2B - N Johnson 2 (10, J Maine, K Takahashi).
HR - A Dunn (17, 1st inning off J Maine 1 on, 1 Out), E Dukes (5, 4th inning off J Maine 0 on, 0 Out), N Johnson (5, 5th inning off J Maine 2 on, 0 Out).
RBI - R Zimmerman (39), A Dunn 2 (44), E Dukes (26), N Johnson 3 (30).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out - A Hernandez 1.
Team LOB - 5.
E - E Dukes (2, fly ball).
Outfield assists - E Dukes (L Castillo at 2nd base).
DP - 5 (C Guzman-A Hernandez-N Johnson 2, A Hernandez-C Guzman-N Johnson 2, E Dukes-A Hernandez-N Johnson-C Guzman-A Hernandez).
NY Mets
J. Maine (L, 5-4)4.06772131.384.52
K. Takahashi2.02002101.332.40
F. Nieve2.01000200.500.00
J. Lannan (W, 3-5)9.04103201.443.68
Pitches-strikes - J Maine 68-40; K Takahashi 34-19; F Nieve 22-16; J Lannan 96-61.
Ground balls-fly balls - J Maine 7-4; K Takahashi 2-2; F Nieve 1-3; J Lannan 19-5.
Batters faced - J Maine 20; K Takahashi 9; F Nieve 7; J Lannan 30.
Game Details
Umpires: HP--Brian Runge. 1B--Derryl Cousins. 2B--D.J. Reyburn. 3B--Jim Joyce.Time: 2:00.Attendance: 31,456.Weather: 78 degrees, partly cloudy.Wind: 1 mph, out to center.