April 9, 2011: Beltran and Davis Lift Mets Over Nats

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Date: April 9, 2011
Mets starter: Chris Capuano
Mets: 8
Nationals: 4
Winning pitcher: Chris Capuano
Key player(s): Chris Capuano, Carlos Beltran, Ike Davis, Jose Reyes
Key play: Beltran’s home runs, Davis’s triple, Reyes’s double

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Saturday night at Citi Field. The teams played the second of three games in a series. Carlos Beltran homered twice and Ike Davis hit a key two-run triple in an 8-4 Mets win over Washington.

Mets’ starter Chris Capuano pitched a perfect top of the first inning. Jose Reyes drew a walk against the Nats’ Tom Gorzelanny to lead off the bottom half. Angel Pagan was retired on a pop-up to catcher Wilson Ramos. Reyes stole second base and David Wright went down on strikes. Beltran followed with a home run to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Gorzelanny then got Scott Hairston to hit a fly ball to his brother, left fielder Jerry Hairston, for the third out.

Ramos got a single with one out in the top of the second. Rick Ankiel singled to send Ramos to third base and Danny Espinosa hit a home run to put the Nationals ahead, 3-2. Jerry Hairston was retired on a pop-up to second baseman Chin-lung Hu. Gorzelanny grounded out to Hu to end the inning and set down the side in order in the bottom half. Jayson Werth drew a one-out walk in the top of the fourth. Ryan Zimmerman singled to advance Werth to third and moved to second via a throw. Mike Morse was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Ramos was called out on strikes. Capuano retired Ankiel on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Reyes. Gorzelanny then hurled a perfect bottom half.

Capuano set down all three Washington batters in the top of the fourth. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Beltran slugged his second homer to tie the game at 3-3. Scott Hairston took a called third strike and Davis was hit by a pitch. Gorzelanny threw a called third strike past Hu to close out the inning. To begin the top of the fifth, Ian Desmond homered to put the Nats back on top by a run. Werth was struck out and Zimmerman got an infield single. Morse flied out to center fielder Pagan and a double by Ramos ensued. Capuano got Ankiel on a grounder to Hu that finished off the inning and doubled with one out in the bottom half. Gorzelanny then got Reyes to fly out to Jerry Hairston and retired Pagan on a pop-up to second baseman Espinosa to end the inning.

Capuano set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth. Wright drew a walk against Gorzelanny to open the bottom half. Beltran reached second base on Jerry Hairston’s error and a strikeout of Scott Hairston followed. Davis delivered a triple to plate Wright and Beltran, giving the Mets a 5-4 lead. Against Washington reliever Brian Broderick, pinch-hitter Daniel Murphy singled to bring home Davis with the sixth New York run of the game. Mike Nickeas hit a single to send Murphy to third base. On Broderick’s third strike to pinch-hitter Lucas Duda, Nickeas was caught stealing on Ramos’s throw to shortstop Desmond for an inning-ending double play.

Mets’ reliever Taylor Buchholz pitched a perfect top of the seventh. Broderick hurled a scoreless bottom half and Morse singled against New York’s Bobby Parnell to lead off the top of the eighth. Ramos drew a walk and Parnell fanned both Ankiel and Espinosa. The Mets’ Francisco Rodriguez then retired pinch-hitter Matt Stairs on a ground ball to second baseman Brad Emaus to end the inning.

Scott Hairston was hit by a pitch to begin the bottom of the eighth. Davis singled and Broderick hit Emaus with a pitch to load the bases. Against Nationals’ reliever Doug Slaten, pinch-hitter Josh Thole hit a grounder on which Davis was called out for interference. Rodriguez went down on strikes and Reyes doubled to score Scott Hairston and Emaus with the Mets’ seventh and eighth runs. Slaten then retired Pagan on a fly ball to center fielder Ankiel to close out the inning.

Pinch-hitter Alex Cora drew a walk to open the top of the ninth. Cora advanced to second base on defensive indifference and a walk to Desmond followed. Werth hit a ground ball to Reyes for a double play. Rodriguez then struck out Zimmerman to end the game. The Mets had a solid victory.