Rapid Reaction: Nationals 4, Mets 3

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Livan Hernandez

Starting Pitcher
Washington Nationals


WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets’ winning streak came to an end at six games as Livan Hernandez completed eight innings against his former team. The Amazin’s (11-14) slipped back behind the Nationals (11-13) for last place in the National League East. The Mets had been bidding to have a seven-game winning streak and seven-game losing streak in the same month for the first time since August 1992, during a 72-90 season under Jeff Torborg.

CAPPER: Chris Capuano was charged with four earned runs on 10 hits while striking out two in 5 2/3 innings. He departed trailing, 4-3.

Capuano surrendered a solo homer to Ian Desmond for the final run charged to him, but also had fielding letdowns that hurt his cause. The southpaw was poised to get out of the third inning unscathed and keep the game scoreless when he coaxed a deep liner to right field off the bat of Jayson Werth. However, Carlos Beltran misread the shot and it landed over his head for a run-scoring ground-rule double. (Beltran made a stellar sliding catch in right-center to retire Hernandez in the sixth.)

In the fourth, after Washington took a 2-1 lead on Desmond’s triple and Jerry Hairston’s bloop single to center, Hairston eventually advanced to third base. Hernandez then bunted to the first-base side of the plate, and ended up between catcher Josh Thole and the baseball while starting to run to first base. The moving pick -- intentional or unintentional -- delayed Thole retrieving the baseball long enough that Hairston scored before Thole could return to the plate for the tag. The Mets offered no complaint about Hernandez’s route to first base.

STREAKING: Ike Davis extended his career-high hitting streak to 10 games with an opposite-field bloop single in the fifth inning. He scored that inning on a sacrifice fly by Jose Reyes. Davis (2-or-4) then contributed an RBI double in the sixth off Hernandez to pull the Mets within 4-3. It was Davis’ 19th RBI. He entered the day tied for seventh in the National League in RBIs.

BEATO GOES ON: A day after Pedro Beato picked up his first major league win, the Xaverian product tossed two scoreless relief innings to hold the Mets' deficit to one run. Beato has now tossed 14 innings without allowing an earned run this season. He has surrendered four unearned runs.

K-ROD TRACKER: Francisco Rodriguez did not appear. He has finished eight of the Mets’ first 25 games. He needs to finish 47 of the team’s final 137 games for his contract to vest at $17.5 million for 2012. He is on pace for 52 games finished.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets bus to Philadelphia for a three-game weekend series. Joe Blanton has been scratched from the series-opening start opposite Mike Pelfrey because of an elbow impingement, so the Mets instead see right-hander Vance Worley in the opener, followed by Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee.