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Series preview: Mets at Nationals

September, 22, 2014

Getty ImagesThe Mets are due to face Tanner Roark, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister in the final road series of the season.
METS (76-80, third place/NL East) vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (91-64, first place/NL East)

Tuesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (14-12, 4.02) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (14-10, 2.85), 7:05 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Dillon Gee (7-8, 3.88) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-10, 3.74), 7:05 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (11-10, 3.49) vs. RHP Doug Fister (15-6, 2.55), 7:05 p.m. ET

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Ryan Zimmerman returned to the lineup Saturday after missing 55 games with a Grade 3 hamstring strain. He started in left field -- a position at which he debuted June 3. Zimmerman, under contract for five more seasons, could shift to first base in 2015 with Adam LaRoche potentially headed to free agency, despite LaRoche’s production. The Nats and LaRoche have a mutual option for next season at $15 million.

Denard Span has 179 hits -- four shy of matching Cristian Guzman's 2008 total for the most in a season in Nationals history. The Nats intend to pick up a $9 million option on Span for next season.

Gio Gonzalez is 3-1 with a 2.79 ERA in his last six starts. He has struck out 29 and walked seven in 38 2/3 innings during that span.

Doug Fister's 15 wins are a career high, surpassing last year’s total with the Detroit Tigers. His 2.55 ERA ranks fifth in the National League.

• The Nats are the lone NL team with four players with at least 80 RBIs: Ian Desmond, LaRoche, Jayson Werth and Anthony Rendon.

• At 4-0 in his career, Tanner Roark has more wins against the Mets than versus any other club.

• The Nats, fresh off a four-game sweep at Miami, own an NL-best 91-64 record and are holding off the Los Angeles Dodgers for home-field advantage.

• The Yankees claimed outfielder Eury Perez off waivers from the Nats on Monday. The Nats claimed shortstop Pedro Florimon off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.

Rapid Reaction: Nats 10, Mets 3

September, 13, 2014
NEW YORK -- Jenrry Mejia's next save celebration will have to wait.

Zack Wheeler had his shortest outing in two and a half months and the Mets lost to the Washington Nationals, 10-3, at soggy Citi Field on Saturday night.

The Nats, who had a 12-game Citi Field winning streak snapped Friday, are 27-5 in Queens since Sept. 12, 2011. They lead the season series, 12-3.

The Mets (72-77), who committed four errors, slipped five games under .500. They will need to go 9-4 the rest of the way to avoid their sixth straight losing season, which would match the Houston Astros for the longest active streak in the majors.

Wheeler (10-10) departed with two runners in scoring position and none out in the fifth and with his pitch count at 100. Gonzalez Germen entered and things further devolved. Germen surrendered a one-out single to Ian Desmond as both baserunners inherited from Wheeler scored and Washington took a 6-0 lead. Germen also walked two in the inning before stranding the bases loaded.

Wheeler’s final line: 4+ IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. It was his shortest start since lasting only two innings against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field on June 25. The six earned runs allowed by Wheeler on Saturday matched that start against the A’s for his career high.

The Mets received a two-run homer from Wilmer Flores against Doug Fister in the fifth to close within 6-2. Flores snapped an 0-for-21 drought.

Hit parade: Each team hit a batter. Fister plunked Curtis Granderson in the right thigh in the second. Vic Black drilled Anthony Rendon in the left shoulder blade in the eighth. Black last had appeared Monday, when Terry Collins expressed concern about the state of his herniated disk.

What’s next: Jonathon Niese (8-10, 3.59 ERA) opposes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (11-5, 2.93) at 1:10 p.m. Sunday in the series finale. With a win, the Mets will be unbeaten in five straight series. A Nats win officially would eliminate the Mets from division contention.

Rapid Reaction: Nationals 7, Mets 1

August, 12, 2014
NEW YORK -- Rafael Montero didn't look even a bit different.

His pitch count quickly got out of control. Baseballs quickly flew out of the park. He started a game, and the New York Mets lost.

So much for the idea that Montero was now pitching like "the guy we'd heard about," as manager Terry Collins said Tuesday afternoon. On the first day of his second stay with the Mets, Montero instead pitched like the same erratic 23-year-old they saw the last time, when he made four unsuccessful starts in May.

Pitching against the first-place Washington Nationals, Montero allowed five runs on seven hits, including home runs by Bryce Harper, Anthony Rendon and Ian Desmond. He threw 101 pitches and got only 15 outs, and the Mets lost, 7-1.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Montero was promoted on "merit" when New York needed a starter to take Jacob deGrom's spot while deGrom is on the disabled list. The Mets also no doubt hoped that Montero would look impressive enough to either make a case for a rotation spot next season or add to his value as a trade chip.

Perhaps he still will, but it didn't happen Tuesday night.

It's a National Citi: Is there any team more comfortable at Citi Field than the Nationals? Washington has won nine consecutive games against the Mets in New York, and is 23-4 at Citi Field since Sept. 11, 2011.

The Nationals have scored at least seven runs in three of their four games at Citi Field this year. The Mets have scored seven runs just eight times in 56 home games.

It's a Fister Citi, too: Nationals starter Doug Fister was pitching at Citi Field for just the second time, but both games were outstanding. Fister shut out the Mets on seven hits in seven innings Tuesday, which means he has now pitched 13⅓ innings here while allowing just one run.

Is that Wright? David Wright extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a sixth-inning single that tipped off the glove of Rendon at third base. Wright, who also singled in the eighth inning, has 14 hits during the streak -- 13 singles and one double.

"He's getting hits," Collins said Tuesday afternoon. "That's all I care about right now."

Raining on Bryce: Arizona's Aaron Hill lost a home run to rain earlier this season at Citi Field, when a May 23 game in which he went deep off Bartolo Colon had to be stopped after 3½ innings and couldn't be resumed. The same thing could have happened to Harper on Tuesday. He homered off Montero in the second inning, and rain came in the top of the third.

In this case, though, the rainstorm was heavy but brief, and the game resumed after just a 25-minute delay. It rained again later in the game, but the umpires decided it wasn't too heavy and allowed the game to go on.

Span stopped: The Mets did keep Nationals leadoff man Denard Span off base, ending a streak that had seen him reach via hit or walk in 36 straight games dating back to June 28. Span went 0-for-5 on Tuesday.

What's next: Colon (11-9, 3.97), who earned his 200th career win over the weekend in Philadelphia, goes for No. 201 on Wednesday night at Citi Field. Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.06) starts for the Nationals.

Series preview: Mets vs. Nationals

August, 11, 2014

Getty ImagesThe Mets are due to face Doug Fister, Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg at Citi Field.
METS (57-62, fourth place/NL East) vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (63-53, first place/NL East)

Tuesday: RHP Rafael Montero (0-2, 5.40) vs. RHP Doug Fister (11-3, 2.49), 7:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (11-9, 3.97) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.06), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Dillon Gee (4-4, 3.54) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (8-10, 3.68), 7:10 p.m. ET

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• Center fielder Denard Span has reached base safely via hit or walk in 36 straight games, the longest active streak in the majors, and the second-longest streak in Nationals history. Ryan Zimmerman holds the franchise record, with 43 straight games reaching base in 2008. The longest streak in the majors this season belongs to Toronto’s Jose Bautista, with 37 straight games reaching base, through May 10.

Span also has a 14-game hitting streak. He has 23 steals. That is approaching the career-high 26 steals he produced in 2010.

Stephen Strasburg is 1-8 with a 5.25 ERA in 12 road starts this season. Overall, he already has surrendered 18 homers in 2014, two more than his previous career high. Strasburg nonetheless has a National League-best 186 strikeouts.

Jonathan Ernst/Getty ImagesDenard Span has reached base in 36 straight games.

• Outfielder Steven Souza landed on the disabled list with a bruised left shoulder, which he suffered in a collision with the right-field wall Friday at Atlanta while trying to catch Freddie Freeman's homer. Outfielder Michael Taylor has been promoted. He hit a combined .315 with 22 homers and 63 RBIs with Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse this season.

Souza was filling in Friday because Jayson Werth was sidelined with right shoulder and ankle soreness for two weekend games. Werth returned to the starting lineup Sunday night.

Werth earned the NL Player of the Month award for July. He hit .337 with six homers and an NL-leading 24 RBIs during the month.

Bryce Harper created a stir Saturday in Atlanta when he partially wiped out the “A” in the dirt behind the batter’s box at Turner Field. Fans lustily booed him the remainder of the series. Harper denied intent.

Meanwhile, manager Matt Williams vehemently said last week there is no intention of demoting Harper, who recently had struggled. Williams has asked Harper to bunt less frequently.

• The Braves snapped an eight-game losing streak and won two of three weekend games against Washington to pull within 3 games of the first-place Nats. The middle game ended at 2:29 a.m. Sunday. It was delayed by rain at the beginning for three hours, 41 minutes.

• The Nats acquired free-agent-to-be Asdrubal Cabrera and cash from the Cleveland Indians at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline for 24-year-old infielder Zach Walters. The intent is for Cabrera, 28, to primarily play second base, displacing switch-hitting Danny Espinosa in the lead role at that position. Cabrera, an All-Star with the Indians in 2011 and ’12, last had started at second base in 2009 (28 games). He could be a Mets candidate to sign for shortstop during the upcoming offseason.

Doug Fister is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA when pitching on extra rest this season, which he will do again Tuesday.

• Zimmerman is expected to miss most if not all of the remainder of the regular season with a Grade 3 right hamstring strain -- the most severe of the levels. Zimmerman originally suffered the injury on July 22 at Colorado. Anthony Rendon has shifted from second to third base minus Zimmerman, which helped fuel Cabrera’s acquisition.

• The Nationals claimed left-handed reliever Matt Thornton from the Yankees last week. Thornton made his D.C. debut against the Mets last Wednesday. Thornton is under contract for next season at $3.5 million.

• Catcher Wilson Ramos did not appear in last week’s series against the Mets in D.C. He was on paternity leave for the opening two games, then went unused in the series finale.

• First baseman Adam LaRoche had a rough July, hitting .159 (14-for-88) with one homer. He then got on track against the Mets last week. LaRoche went 6-for-11 with two homers, three RBIs and three walks during the three-game series. LaRoche’s father Dave continues to fill in as pitching coach with the Brooklyn Cyclones. He is subbing for Tom Signore, who is dealing with a head-related injury, which Signore suffered getting struck with a baseball while filling in for Frank Viola with Las Vegas.

• Washington has the top run differential in the National League at plus-79.

• Closer Rafael Soriano became the 46th pitcher to notch 200 saves on July 27.

• Shortstop Ian Desmond's 70 RBIs rank fourth in the NL. Desmond launched his 19th homer of the season on Sunday.

• Struggling backup outfielder Nate McLouth landed on the disabled list last Monday with right shoulder inflammation. He has hit only .173 this season.

Rapid Reaction: Nats 7, Mets 1

August, 6, 2014
WASHINGTON -- So much for a desperately needed sweep of the first-place Washington Nationals.

Jonathon Niese surrendered a season-high six runs as Washington beat the Mets, 7-1, Wednesday at Nationals Park. Doug Fister took a scoreless effort into the eighth inning and notched his 11th win.

The Mets (54-60) dropped eight games behind the Nats (61-51) in the NL East standings.

Niese is now 0-4 with a 5.76 ERA in four starts since the All-Star break.

Adam LaRoche had a two-run homer in a three-run first inning. Danny Espinosa opened a 6-0 lead with a three-run homer against Niese in the sixth. It marked only the second time this season Niese allowed two homers in a game (also April 12, against the Los Angeles Angels).

Niese’s final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 2 HR.

LaRoche also had a solo homer against Carlos Torres in the eighth. He has 26 career homers against the Mets. That is fourth-most against the Amazin's among active players, trailing only Ryan Howard (40), Chase Utley (32) and Jimmy Rollins (30).

Snapped: Curtis Granderson ended an 0-for-18 skid with a sixth-inning bunt single. He was stranded in scoring position when David Wright grounded into an inning-ending double play with two runners on base.

Debutant: Matt Thornton, a waiver claim from the Yankees, inherited two baserunners from Fister with one out in the top of the eighth in his Nats debut. The southpaw coaxed a fly out from Granderson, but then surrendered a two-out dribbling single through the right side of the infield to Daniel Murphy. That plated Juan Lagares with an unearned run charged to Fister as the Mets avoided getting shut out.

What’s next: Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.77 ERA), the NL Rookie of the Month for July, opposes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (7-5, 3.00) in Thursday’s 12:35 p.m. rubber game. DeGrom is 5-0 with a 1.04 ERA in his past five starts.

Series preview: Mets at Nats

May, 16, 2014

USA TODAY SportsThe Mets are due to face Tanner Roark, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann this weekend at Nationals Park.
METS (19-21, fourth place/NL East) at WASHINGTON NATIONALS (21-19, second place/NL East)

Friday: LHP Jonathon Niese (2-2, 2.17) vs. RHP Tanner Roark (2-1, 3.65), 7:05 p.m. ET

Saturday: RHP Bartolo Colon (2-5, 5.84) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (3-3, 3.97), 4:05 p.m. ET

Sunday: RHP Zack Wheeler (1-3, 4.53) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2-1, 3.59), 1:35 p.m. ET

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• Injuries have seriously struck the Nats, with five Opening Day starters already having spent time on the disabled list this season.

Nick Wass/Associated PressBryce Harper required surgery to repair a ligament tear in his left thumb after this April 25 slide into third base.

Left fielder Bryce Harper underwent surgery on April 29 to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. Harper (.289, 1 HR, 9 RBIs in 83 at-bats) is expected to be sidelined until July. He suffered the injury on a headfirst slide while tripling.

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman broke his right thumb while getting picked off diving back into second base on April 12.

Adam LaRoche (.319, 5 HR) landed on the DL on Sunday with a right quadriceps strain.

Three others integral players are back after recovering from maladies:

Catcher Wilson Ramos, who suffered a broken hamate bone in his left hand on Opening Day at Citi Field, returned May 7 after missing 32 games.

Right-hander Doug Fister, acquired during the offseason in a salary dump by the Detroit Tigers, has made two starts since opening the season on the disabled list with elbow inflammation and a lat-muscle strain.

Denard Span spent a week in mid-April on the concussion DL.

Anthony Rendon has shifted from second base to third base in Zimmerman’s absence, with Danny Espinosa handling second base full time. Tyler Moore was promoted from Triple-A Syracuse to handle first base. Moore, who had been demoted basically coinciding with Ramos coming off the DL last week, returned after spending only three days in the minors. Minus Harper, four players have started in left field: Nate McLouth, Kevin Frandsen, Scott Hairston and Zach Walters.

McLouth, who signed a two-year, $10.75 million deal in December to defect from the Baltimore Orioles, is one of the few bench players struggling to handle the larger role. Originally signed as the fourth outfielder, he is hitting .117 with one homer and one RBI in 60 at-bats.

• The Nats have outscored opponents by 38 runs from the seventh inning onward, the best differential in the majors. They have outscored opponents 19-3 in the ninth inning.

• Nats relievers have a collective 2.28 ERA, which ranks third in the majors. Closer Rafael Soriano (1.18 ERA, eight saves) lost a career-best 25-inning scoreless streak Saturday, when he suffered his lone blown save this season, at Oakland. Drew Storen has a 0.568 WHIP -- with six hits and one walk allowed in 12 1/3 innings.

• The Nats signed lefty-hitting Greg Dobbs to a minor-league deal for potential pinch-hitting duty. Dobbs, 35, was released by the Miami Marlins after opening the season 1-for-13 with four strikeouts. Miami ate his $1.7 million contract. Dobbs has not yet been added to the big-league roster.

• After consecutive scoreless efforts (including a rain-shortened four-inning outing opposite L.A.’s Zack Greinke), Jordan Zimmermann allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings at Arizona on Monday while pitching on two extra days of rest. For his career, Zimmermann has a 2.99 ERA on standard rest and 3.89 ERA with extra rest. Zimmermann will have an extra day of rest before facing the Mets on Sunday.

• Subtract a May 3 outing at Philadelphia in which he allowed two homers and seven runs and Tanner Roark otherwise has a 2.45 ERA in six starts this season.

Series preview: Mets vs. Nats

March, 30, 2014

USA TODAY SportsThe Mets will face Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann in a season-opening series against the Nats at Citi Field.
METS (74-88, third place/NL East) vs. WASHINGTON NATIONALS (86-76, second place/NL East)

Monday: RHP Dillon Gee (1211, 3.62) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (8-9, 3.00), 1:10 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (18-6, 2.65) vs. LHP Gio Gonzalez (11-8, 3.36), 7:10 p.m. ET

Thursday: RHP Zack Wheeler (7-5, 3.42) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (19-9, 3.25), 1:10 p.m. ET

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• First-year manager Matt Williams, 48, arrives from the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he served the past three seasons as Kirk Gibson’s third-base coach. Williams was a five-time All-Star as a player. He had a relationship with Nats GM Mike Rizzo from their D-backs days.

Mitchell Layton/Getty ImagesMatt Williams is the first-year manager of the Nats.

Compared with predecessor Davey Johnson, Williams is expected to have the Nats much more aggressive on the bases trying to manufacture runs. Washington’s coaching staff remains basically intact, including Randy Knorr -- a managerial finalist -- continuing as bench coach.

• Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman’s throwing yips seemed to become even more pronounced during spring training on plays in which he has time to set and throw. The Nats may use Zimmerman on a limited basis at first base against difficult left-handers in place of Adam LaRoche. Zimmerman logged two Grapefruit League innings at first base. Once LaRoche’s contract expires after this season, Zimmerman could make a full transition across the diamond. Washington is expected to choose a $2 million buyout for LaRoche over a $15 million option for 2015.

• The Nats further upgraded their rotation by stealing Doug Fister in a trade from the Detroit Tigers, who were looking to shed payroll. Fister, who is under Washington’s control through the 2015 season, avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $7.2 million salary for this year. He went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA in 33 appearances (32) starts last season with Detroit. Fister did lose three weeks of spring training because of elbow inflammation. The Nats hoped Fister would return from the DL to start the season’s sixth game -- the same type of plan the Mets have with Jonathon Niese. But then Fister strained a lat muscle Thursday. The Tigers received Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol and pitching prospect Robbie Ray in the trade.

• The Washington additions of note on the position-player side: catcher Jose Lobaton from the Tampa Bay Rays on Feb. 13 to serve as Wilson Ramos’ backup, and ex-Pirate/Brave Nate McLouth as the fourth outfielder, which will allow the regulars to get more time off. Lobaton’s acquisition prompted the release of Chris Snyder. The Nats then picked up Kevin Frandsen at the end of camp as the 25th man and as a righty-hitting first-base option. Frandsen had opted out of a guaranteed $900,000 contract days earlier with the Philadelphia Phillies after being sent to Triple-A. Frandsen was deemed a better option than in-house candidates Jamey Carroll and Tyler Moore.

Stephen Strasburg had bone chips removed from his right elbow in October. He unknowingly pitched with the issue last season. Strasburg emphasized holding runners during camp and added a slider.

Bryce Harper had knee surgery in October to address bursitis, which hampered him last season.

• Closer Rafael Soriano had a rough spring training. He allowed nine earned runs and 12 hits in 5 2/3 innings during Grapefruit League play.

• A year ago, after the departures of Sean Burnett, Tom Gorzelanny and Mike Gonzalez as free agents, the Nats entered the 2013 season lacking capable lefty relief. In fact, Zach Duke was the only southpaw in the bullpen to open the year. Now, Washington seemingly has remedied that issue. Former first-round pick Ross Detwiler, after losing out on a rotation spot, has shifted to the bullpen. Washington also acquired Jerry Blevins from the Oakland Athletics on Dec. 11 for minor-leaguer Billy Burns. Gonzalez also was back in camp during spring training. He was released Tuesday, but re-signed on a minor-league deal and is ticketed for Triple-A Syracuse.

• Washington hopes to lock up Jordan Zimmermann on a long-term deal, although it would be costly. Zimmermann wants to be paid like a No. 1 starter, which means at least a $150 million commitment. He is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

• Shortstop Ian Desmond and second baseman Anthony Rendon form the middle infield, which Danny Espinosa back on the big-league club as the backup. Espinosa, a starter in 2011 and ’12, was demoted to Triple-A Syracuse last June with a .158 average and did not return -- even on a September call-up. That decision prevented Espinosa from Super 2 status and arbitration eligibility a year early.

Rapid Reaction: Tigers 6, Mets 1

August, 23, 2013
NEW YORK -- Daisuke Matsuzaka did not have a charmed Mets debut. Not even semicharmed.

Matsuzaka surrendered homers to Torii Hunter and Miguel Cabrera before retiring the final 10 batters he faced. The Mets ultimately lost 6-1 to the Detroit Tigers on Friday night at Citi Field in the opener to their interleague series.

Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY SportsDaisuke Matsuzaka allowed five runs in five innings in his Mets debut.

Matsuzaka's line: 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR. Working on short rest after pitching for Triple-A Columbus on Monday, he threw 86 pitches.

The Tigers grabbed a 5-1 lead in the second on Cabrera's three-run homer. Cabrera is now 6-for-12 with two homers, six RBIs and two walks in his career against Matsuzaka.

Austin Jackson added a solo homer in the seventh against Carlos Torres, who tossed two relief innings after getting displaced from the start by Matsuzaka’s addition.

The Mets' lone run in 6 1/3 innings against Tigers starter Doug Fister came in the opening frame, on Marlon Byrd's RBI single.

With Hiroki Kuroda starting for the Yankees at Tampa Bay, it marked the first time both New York teams started Japanese-born pitchers on the same date since Sept. 11, 1999. That day, the Yankees started Hideki Irabu and the Mets started Masato Yoshii.

What's next: For the first time in major league history, the All-Star Game starters also square off during that same regular season. Matt Harvey (9-4, 2.25 ERA) opposes right-hander Max Scherzer (18-1, 2.82) at 4:05 p.m. ET Saturday.

Tigers 9, Mets 1: Gee willikers

March, 14, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Dillon Gee surrendered six runs on three hits, four walks, two hit batters and three wild pitches and the Mets lost to the Detroit Tigers, 9-1, Thursday at Tradition Field.

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Dillon Gee had no control Thursday against the Tigers.

"That's very uncharacteristic what you saw today," Terry Collins said. "I asked [pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] if he was trying to work on something in particular. Dan just said he's having a real tough time finding his release point. It's something that's easily fixed. There's no injury issues or anything else. I mean, I've watched this guy pitch for four years and I've never seen that before. I'm not too concerned about it."

Game tidbits:

Josh Edgin allowed the other three runs (two earned), in 1 2/3 innings in relief.

• The lone Mets run came in the second inning against Doug Fister, when Mike Baxter walked and Zach Lutz and Anthony Recker consecutively singled.

• Submariner Greg Burke tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and left-handers Pedro Feliciano, Scott Rice and Robert Carson each tossed scoreless frames.

"It'll be interesting to see as we go further into camp where he can finally get to as far as building up some velocity, his breaking ball," Collins said about Feliciano. "... We'll keep running him out there maybe every other day now since it looks like he's OK.

"Greg Burke has just done a nice job. He's got that strange delivery that I think distracts the hitter a little bit. As I've said before, when he gets over the ball and gets that sink on it, he gets groundballs. He's got a whole history of it -- 3-to-1 groundball-to-fly-ball ratio, which is very, very good. If you're getting groundballs, you've got a chance to get some outs."

Collins went on to say that one impediment to Feliciano making the club would be if Mets officials determined they cannot afford to carry a pitcher who only faces one batter. That would be the case if starting pitching is not going to produce enough innings.

• Matt den Dekker was struck on the right forearm with a throw while sliding into second base breaking up a double-play attempt. Den Dekker iced the forearm postgame but indicated he was fine.



Bartolo Colon
15 4.09 151 202
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187