WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets extended their winning streak to five games with a 6-4 win against the Nationals.
CATCHING FIRE? Josh Thole, who had been in a 7-for-45 (.156) rut since April 9, produced a career-high three RBIs. He delivered an opposite-field, two-run double past laboring left fielder Michael Morse to give the Mets a 5-3 lead in the sixth. With two runners on base and one out, Nats manager Jim Riggleman had inserted southpaw Doug Slaten to face Thole.
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FOUR-MAN: Chris Young’s second-inning safety squeeze scored Ike Davis and gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. But in his return from the disabled list, Young (biceps tendinitis) allowed three solo homers -- two to Wilson Ramos and one to Jayson Werth. Young was pulled with the score tied at 3, his pitch count at 88 and two runners in scoring position with two out in the fifth. Ryota Igarashi entered and struck out Werth to end the threat.
Young’s final line: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. The three homers allowed were one shy of matching his career high. He has allowed four homers twice in his career, to the Cubs and Dodgers in 2009.
Mets starting pitchers had completed six innings in each of the previous six games.
STREAKING: Davis extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games with a 3-for-4 performance. He scored twice.
EIGHT BALL: After a pair of scoreless innings from Taylor Buchholz, Jason Isringhausen handled the eighth inning. He allowed a run-scoring single to Ramos as the Nationals pulled within 5-4. Isringhausen had suffered the career-threatening injury that led to his third Tommy John surgery while pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays against the Nationals on June 13, 2009.
K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez converted his fifth save and finished his seventh game by protecting a two-run lead in the ninth. K-Rod needs 48 games finished in the Mets’ final 139 games for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012.
WHAT’S NEXT: R.A. Dickey opposes Nats southpaw Tom Gorzelanny at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday.