All year long, the New York Mets have not been able to beat up on the little teams.
But tonight... that all changed.
While it did take four innings for the Mets to get on the board, they did so rather quickly.
Reyes 2.0 singled to left, D-Wright hit his 34th double of the year, making it runners on second and third for Carlos Delgado. Delgado grounded out, scoring Argenis and moving Wright to third. Beltran's sac fly scored Wright, making it 2-0.
When the fifth inning rolled around, Tatis garnered his second walk of the night and scored after Brian Schneider's first home run in three months, his third of the season, making it 4-0.
Delgado's home run in the sixth made it 5-0.
Oliver Perez cruised through the first six innings, but had some trouble in the seventh, giving up a single to Kearns, a walk to Nieves, and then a triple to Orr, making it 5-2.
An error by Carlos Delgado made it 5-3.
Smith came in and got an out to end the inning, but struggled in the eighth, walking two. Duaner Sanchez came into the game in relief, getting the Mets out of the inning unscathed.
With the team heading into the ninth with only a two run lead and a shaky bullpen, the Mets' batting order knew they needed just a little support...
And what they got was a LOT of support.
Daniel Murphy singled to center, Tatis doubled to left, and the pinch-hitting Easley singled to the same location as Murphy, scoring the Binghamton Boy and Fernando Tatis. 7-3.
Reyes 1.0 singled to center, as well, but Argenis lined out to 3B Ryan Zimmerman.
A pair of errors by Belliard and Bonifacio allowed Easley and Jose to score, making it 9-3.
Heilman came in to pitch with a rather cushiony lead and gave up a walk to Bonifacio with two outs, but Belliard grounded out to end the game and give the Mets a sweep of the Washington Nationals.
Oliver Perez pitched 6.2 innings and gave up three runs on six hits and three walks, striking out eight along the way, on the day before his 27th birthday.
Happy Birthday, Ollie!
Schneider (3) and Delgado (26) both smashed home runs in the game, while Wright and Tatis hit their 34th and 10th doubles tonight.
Dan Murphy has now hit in every game that he has played for the New York Mets.
David Wright went 1-5 with a run scored on his 34th double of the season.
Wright's average dropped slightly to .293, he still continues to make a play for .300 as the Mets travel to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates.