Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Washington leads 1-0 (as of 9/24)

Game 1: Monday, September 24
Washington13Final
NY Mets4
Game 2: Tuesday, September 25
Washington10Final
NY Mets9
Game 3: Wednesday, September 26
Washington9Final
NY Mets6

Nationals 13

(70-87, 30-46 away)

Mets 4

(87-69, 40-35 home)

    7:10 PM ET, September 24, 2007

    Shea Stadium, Flushing, New York 

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    WAS 000232033 13 11 1
    NYM 010002001 4 12 1

    W: M. Chico (6-9)

    L: M. Pelfrey (3-8)

    Mets' division lead drops to 2 after being drubbed by Nats

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: The Mets failed to widen their lead in the NL East after being routed by the Nationals 13-4.

    Mike Pelfrey
    Pelfrey

    • Hunt for October: New York's magic number remained at five and its lead in the division dropped to two games over idle Philadelphia.

    • A bad start: Mike Pelfrey took the loss after allowing six earned runs on five hits and five walks in just five-plus innings. Pelfrey was 3-0 with a 3.31 ERA in his previous three starts.

    • Quotable: "It's embarrassing with the season on the line to go out there and get embarrassed on your own home field." -- David Wright, who had three hits for the Mets

    • Figure this: Moises Alou extended his club-record hitting streak to 28 games with a sixth-inning double for the Mets.

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Nationals 13, Mets 4

    NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Mets wanted to get off to a fast start on their season-ending homestand.

    By the end of the night, they just wanted to move on.

    The Mets squandered a chance to widen their lead in the NL East as Austin Kearns hit a three-run homer and Ronnie Belliard drove in three more in the Washington Nationals' 13-4 victory Monday.

    Not Done Yet
    Moises Alou
    Alou
    Moises Alou established the longest hit streak by a player over 40 (since 1900) with a double in the sixth.
    Player, Age
    Length
    Year, Team
    Moises Alou, 41282007, Mets
    Sam Rice, 40281930, Senators
    Pete Rose, 41211982, Phillies
    Ty Cobb, 40211927, A's

    "It's over now," New York manager Willie Randolph said. "We have to get ready for tomorrow."

    New York's magic number remained at five and its lead in the division dropped to two games over idle Philadelphia. The Mets play the Nationals again Tuesday while the Phillies host Atlanta in the opener of a three-game series.

    "It's embarrassing with the season on the line to go out there and get embarrassed on your own home field," said David Wright, who had three hits.

    Carlos Delgado went 2-for-5 and Moises Alou extended his club-record hitting streak to 28 games with a sixth-inning double for the Mets, who had won four of five. Alou also committed an error in left that allowed a run to score in the fourth.

    Matt Chico (6-9) pitched into the sixth inning and Ryan Langerhans hit a three-run homer in the ninth for Washington, which did New York a favor by beating the Phillies 5-3 on Sunday.

    "We're not going to roll over," said Nationals manager Manny Acta, the Mets' third base coach the previous two seasons. "I still think they have the best team in our division. If I'm going to pick a situation I'll pick their situation, two games up with [six] games to play."

    The Mets, coming off a 4-3 road trip, couldn't overcome a sluggish outing by right-hander Mike Pelfrey in the first of seven straight at Shea Stadium to close out the regular season.

    "I let the team down," Pelfrey said. "I didn't keep us in the game."

    The Nationals pushed across two in the fourth and three in the fifth before they chased Pelfrey (3-8) during a two-run sixth. Pelfrey was 3-0 with a 3.31 ERA in his previous three starts but struggled with his control against Washington.

    He walked Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Church with two outs in the fifth, and Kearns followed with a drive to left-center that made it 5-1. It was his 15th homer of the season.


    Division Magic Numbers
    MLB
    The magic number is derived by adding one to the number of remaining games and subtracting the number of games ahead in the loss column from the second-place team. Here's where the leaders stand:
    AL EAST
    x-Red Sox5
    AL CENTRAL
    x-IndiansWon division
    AL WEST
    x-AngelsWon division
    NL EAST
    Mets5
    NL CENTRAL
    Cubs4
    NL WEST
    D-backs4
    x-clinched playoff spot

    "We all know that we're playing these guys and the Phillies to end the season," said Kearns, whose team travels to Philadelphia after the series against New York. "I always enjoyed playing these teams because they are teams that could be in the playoffs. You realize what you have to do to win and how important every pitch and every out is."

    Pelfrey issued two more walks before departing with two outs in the sixth. Joe Smith relieved and allowed Belliard's two-run double to left-center.

    Pelfrey finished with a career-high five walks, one intentional. He also hit a batter with a pitch and allowed five hits and seven runs, six earned.

    "I got what I deserved," he said. "I started falling behind guys and I was walking guys, putting guys on, and they made me pay."

    Belliard also hit an RBI double off Guillermo Mota during Washington's three-run eighth. He is batting .345 (30-for-87) with 15 RBIs this month.

    Paul Lo Duca singled home Alou in the sixth, and Chico departed with runners on first and second and one out. Saul Rivera walked pinch-hitter Shawn Green, loading the bases, and Jose Reyes' run-scoring groundout cut it to 7-3.

    Rivera then got Luis Castillo to bounce out with two runners on to end the threat. Rivera also worked the seventh before Luis Ayala and Jesus Colome closed it out.

    "Chico started very shaky," Acta said. "After we gave him those runs, he got into the strike zone and made some good pitches."

    Game notes


    Mets OF Marlon Anderson's appeal of his two-game suspension will be heard Wednesday. Anderson was ejected in the ninth inning of a 5-3 loss to Philadelphia on Sept. 15 and threw his batting helmet toward the plate after he reached the dugout. ... Nationals RHP Shawn Hill was scratched from his final start of the season and will have operations on his right arm and left shoulder. LHP Mike Bacsik will start Wednesday night against the Mets in place of Hill. ... Wright extended his hitting streak to 11 games and Castillo bumped his up to 10. ... Zimmerman extended his hitting streak to 11, tying the team's season high.

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