August 19, 2007: Beltran Belts on the Beltway

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Date: August 19, 2007
Mets starter: Orlando Hernandez
Mets: 8
Nationals: 2
Winning pitcher: Orlando Hernandez
Key player(s): Carlos Beltran, Shawn Green
Key play: Betran's home runs, Green's two-run single

The Mets played the Nationals on a Sunday afternoon at Robert F. Kennedy Stadium. A 12-hit attack led to an 8-2 Mets win. Carlos Beltran hit two home runs as the Mets completed a sweep of the three-game series in Washington.

In the first inning, the Mets took a 1-0 lead against Nationals' starter Shawn Hill. Luis Castillo drew a one-out walk and advanced to third base on David Wright's single. Beltran followed with a sacrifice fly to score Castillo with the first run of the game. Mets' starter Orlando Hernandez shut down Washington in the bottom half and neither team scored in the second inning.

After Hill pitched a scoreless top of the third, the Nats came to bat against Hernandez in the bottom of the inning. Robert Fick led off with a single and moved to second on Hill's sacrifice bunt. Hernandez retired Felipe Lopez and issued a walk to D'Angelo Jimenez. Ryan Zimmerman singled to score Fick and tie the game. Washington then took a 2-1 lead on Wily Mo Pena's home run in the bottom of the fourth.

Hill and Hernandez each pitched a scoreless fifth inning. In the sixth, Beltran homered to tie the game for the Mets. Hernandez followed up with a perfect bottom of the inning. Hill retired the Mets in order in the top of the seventh and the Nationals failed to score against Hernandez in the bottom half.

Hitting against Washington reliever Jon Rauch, Castillo led off the top of the eighth inning with a single. Wright doubled to send Castillo to third base and Beltran was walked intentionally. Shawn Green singled to bring home Castillo and Wright, giving the Mets a 4-2 lead. Rauch fanned Lastings Milledge and yielded a double to Marlon Anderson that scored Beltran and Green for two more New York runs. For the Nats, reliever Chris Schroder retired the next two batters to end the inning. Jorge Sosa then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Schroder walked Wright with two out in the top of the ninth. Beltran followed with his second homer of the game. Green struck out to end the inning with the Mets six runs ahead.

Pedro Feliciano pitched a scoreless bottom of the ninth to end the game. The Mets had their third consecutive triumph in the nation's capital. Beltran's slugging highlighted the series-sweeping victory.