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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Washington D.C. (July 30) – The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals by the score of 8-5 Friday night. Dillon Gee started for the Mets and he continues to pitch well. The bullpen pitched well although, Bobby Parnell had a rough game. The offense continues to roll; David Wright had a couple more hits. Ronny Paulino had a big game.
Gee pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up four hits and three runs with two being earned. He walked four and struck out five. Gee is now 10-3 with a 3.69 ERA. Ryota Igarashi faced one batter and got him out, Bobby Parnell pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up three hits and two runs, and he did strike out a batter. Tim Byrdak gave up two hits without recording an out D.J. Carrasco struck out both batters that he faced and Jason Isringhausen pitched one inning giving up no runs and no hits, he struck out a batter. Isringhausen picked up his fifth save of the season and 298th of his career.
Jose Reyes had a hit, walk and two RBI. Justin Turner had a hit and Daniel Murphy had a hit and an RBI. Wright had two hits, Angel Pagan had a hit and an RBI and Jason Bay had two hits and an RBI. Lucas Duda had an RBI, Ronny Paulino had three hits and an RBI and Gee had a hit and an RBI. Bay, Reyes and Paulino all had a double. The Mets were 8-12 with runners in scoring position and they left four men on base. Reyes made an error.
The Mets jumped all over former Yankee Chien-Ming Wang. The Mets scored four runs in the first inning. Murphy had an RBI single, Pagan had an RBI single, Bay had an RBI groundout and Duda had a sacrifice fly. In the fourth Gee had an RBI single and Reyes had a sacrifice fly making it 6-0 Mets. In the fourth inning, Laynce Nix grounded into a force out and two runs scored. There was also an error on the same play. Rick Ankiel hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning to make it 6-3. Paulino had an RBI double and Reyes had an RBI double in the sixth inning making it 83 Mets. In the eighth inning, Wilson Ramos had an RBI single and Ankiel had an RBI single to make it 8-5. The last two batters struck out to end the inning.
The New York Mets have won five games in a row. They are 55-51 and hanging in the playoff chase. The Mets have now scored eight or more runs in four consecutive games. Gee is just the seventh Mets to have double-digit victories in a season. He is the first since Dwight Gooden in 1984. Tom Seaver was the first and that was in 1967. The Mets are starting to come on in the wild card race and who knows what could happen.