Rapid Reaction: Mets 9, Nats 5

July, 19, 2012
7/19/12
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WHAT IT MEANS: Maybe Miguel Batista, who starts Saturday if you had not heard, was on to something.

Batista proclaimed the Mets better than the Nationals, and every other major league team, during a postgame interview Wednesday. The Mets, fueled by David Wright’s first multi-homer game of the season, then stated that case with a 9-5 win against Washington on Thursday afternoon.

Behind Wright’s five-RBI performance, the Mets snapped a six-game losing streak and salvaged the finale of a second-half-opening trip to Atlanta and D.C. They also avoided dipping to .500 for the first time since May 4.

R.A. Dickey (13-1) topped Gio Gonzalez in a battle of the NL’s co-wins leaders. In fact, Gonzalez (12-5) had his shortest outing this season, allowing six runs in 3 1/3 innings. The Mets built a 9-1 lead in the fourth after Gonzalez's departure. Dickey was charged with four runs (three earned) on 10 hits in 7 1/3 innings.

Josh Edgin coaxed Bryce Harper to fly out to right-center to end the eighth with the Nats having pulled within five runs and the bases loaded. Bobby Parnell surrendered a ninth-inning run when Roger Bernadina narrowly beat out a two-out ground ball to second for an infield single.

Wright opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first and was intentionally walked in the third inning. He then delivered a three-run homer in the fourth against Craig Stammen. Coupled with a ninth-inning homer Wednesday against Tyler Clippard in a comeback bid that fell a run short, Wright homered in three straight at-bats for the second time in his career.

He also went deep in three straight at-bats against the Yankees from May 19-20, 2007 -- with three intentional walks interspersed. The final homer during that stretch also came against Clippard, after a pair the previous day against Mike Myers.

Thursday marked the 18th multi-homer game of Wright’s career, passing Carlos Beltran for second on the franchise’s all-time list. Darryl Strawberry holds the Mets record with 22 multi-homer games.

Ike Davis also homered against Gonzalez, on a shot to open the second inning. Wright and Davis are tied for the team lead with 14 homers.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets return home to face the Los Angeles Dodgers. Johan Santana (6-6, 3.59 ERA) opposes right-hander Aaron Harang (6-5, 3.53) in Friday’s 7:10 p.m. opener. Daughtry performs postgame.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
10 3.88 106 141
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .292
HRL. Duda 18
RBIL. Duda 57
RD. Murphy 60
OPSL. Duda .856
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 121