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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Washington, D.C. (July 3) – The New York Mets blew a two run lead in the ninth inning and lost to the Washington Nationals by the score of 6-5 this evening. R.A. Dickey made the start for the Mets and pitched seven good innings giving up six hits and two runs with no earned runs.
Dickey also walked two and struck out four. Bobby Parnell pitched one inning giving up two hits and one run with a walk and two strikeouts. Francisco Rodriguez got credit for a blown save and a loss pitching 1/3 of an inning giving up three hits and three runs with three walks.
The Mets were without Jose Reyes once again. Alex Cora had a hit, David Wright had two hits, and an RBI and Ike Davis had two hits. Jason Bay had a hit and an RBI and Josh Thole had two hits and two RBI with a walk. The Mets once again got on the scoreboard right away in the first inning. Cora and Davis walked and Bay drove in a run with a double. The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a Thole single.
The Nationals tied the game in the sixth inning. Willie Harris walked, Ryan Zimmerman reached on an error, and Josh Willingham singled in a run. Ivan Rodriguez singled in another run.
The Mets would took the 5-2 lead in the eighth inning and it looked like they had put the game away. The Nationals scored one run in the eighth and then three in the ninth to win it. The ninth inning started with a walk to Christian Guzman a groundout that moved the runner to second. Harris singled putting runners at the corners with one out. Zimmerman walked to load the bases and then Adam Dunn hit a double that had to be reviewed to make sure it wasn’t a home run. It drove in two runs to tie the game. Rodriguez would end the game with a walk-off single.
The Mets got their first look at phenom Stephen Strasburg in this game and he pitched five innings giving up two runs on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts. The Mets have now lost 10 games on walk-offs this season and three in the past five days. Bay said, “A loss is a loss. When you come back and play this game every single day, you have to have a short memory. By tomorrow, it’s going to be a loss regardless of how it happened.”
Closer Rodriguez had this to say, “That’s the worst performance I’ve ever had in my entire life. I should be ashamed of myself. I’m so embarrassed. I just want to apologize to the fans who were watching that. I know better than that.” The Mets will try and earn a split of the four game series tomorrow with Hisanori Takahashi on the mound tomorrow afternoon.