The New York Mets (45-35) scored four runs in the fourth inning and Jonathon Niese pitched seven innings in a 5-3 win over the Washington Nationals Friday night.
The Mets are now 17-23 on the road and 4-6 against the Nationals this season.
New York Mets @ Washington Nationals … recap and boxscore
Post Game Notes:
Jonathon Niese (6-2, 3.62) pitched seven innings, allowing one run and six hits while sriking out eight and walking one batter (117 pitches/77 strikes). Niese also delivered with the bat with a fourth inning double, scoring Alex Cora.
Cora had a big two-run triple in the Mets four-run fourth inning. He started at second base and had three RBI in the game.
Bobby Parnell chalked up a scoreless eighth inning in relief, throwing eight pitches. Since being recalled from Buffalo, Parnell has not been scored on in six of his seven appearances (1.17 ERA).
Pedro Feliciano made his 46th appearance, starting the ninth inning and retiring one batter before being replaced by Elmer Dessens, who went on to allow one hit, one walk and two earned runs. Francisco Rodriguez followed, giving up two more hits, before finishing the game to record his 19th save of the season
Angel Pagan returned to the starting lineup, batting leadoff and going 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.
David Wright‘s hot streak is spilling into July. He went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored, raising his season batting average to .312.
Jeff Francoeur added two hits in four plate appearances.
Post Game Quotes:
Jerry Manuel (on ending of the game):
“I was hiding at that time. I didn’t see anything. I looked up and they came running off the field, and I said, ‘Oh, we must have won.”