It's taken just over a week for the New York Mets to go from spiraling to surging.
The Mets look to extend their winning streak to seven games by completing a series sweep of the Washington Nationals on Thursday night.New York (11-13) is on its longest winning streak since an eight-game run from June 10-18 -- a stretch that includes the last time the club swept a road series, winning three in a row at Cleveland.The Mets' current surge has become a major source of confidence after a 2-12 stretch placed them at the bottom of the NL East. Terry Collins' club has posted a .305 average with 10 homers and has outscored opponents 39-17.The bats came up big again Wednesday, collecting 11 hits in a 6-3 win. Daniel Murphy made the difference, hitting a game-tying homer in the eighth before connecting for two-run double to spark a four-run, ninth-inning rally.It was the first time the Mets trailed on the road in the ninth and rallied to win since beating Florida on Sept. 25, 2009."This so far is the biggest win we've had this year. I don't think there's any doubt," Collins said. "I know there's fight in this team. We talked all spring training long: You can't keep getting kicked around for two years and not have some anger."Hopefully days like (Wednesday) bring that up and show we're not going to give up."New York's winning streak has coincided with the return of Jason Bay, who opened the season on the disabled list with a rib muscle injury.He's 4 for 8 with three runs in this series, and is hitting .391 with one homer, three RBIs and six runs over the past six games. Bay has thrived during his career in Washington, batting .396 with nine RBIs and 14 runs.Ike Davis is on a career-high nine-game hitting streak, during which he's hitting .469 with three homers and seven RBIs. He's 9 for 18 against the Nationals in 2011.Jose Reyes, meanwhile, is 10 for 29 with six runs over the last seven games, recording hits in five straight.Chris Capuano (2-1, 5.95 ERA) gets the ball for New York. He will try to win a second consecutive start after allowing one run in seven innings of a 9-1 win over Houston on April 21 to start the Mets' winning streak.The left-hander beat the Nationals on April 9, giving up four runs with eight strikeouts in six innings of an 8-4 victory.He's lost his only two starts in Washington, compiling a 5.27 ERA. However, he hasn't appeared there since pitching for Milwaukee on July 8, 2007.The Nationals (10-13) have dropped six of seven after a season-high four-game winning streak.Livan Hernandez (2-2, 3.48) will try to help them avoid a four-game slide by rebounding from his latest effort, which may have been his worst of the season.The right-hander surrendered seven runs -- four earned -- and nine hits with four walks in six innings of a 7-2 defeat at Pittsburgh on Saturday. That came after allowing a total of two runs while winning each of his previous two games.Hernandez, who played for New York in 2009, was 1-1 with a 1.89 ERA in five starts against his former club last season.It was revealed Wednesday that Hernandez's name surfaced the trial of a convicted drug dealer in Puerto Rico.Hernandez refused to comment, and a team spokesman said "the Nationals are aware of and are monitoring the situation as it pertains to the Angel Manuel Ayala trial in Puerto Rico."