September 19, 2009: Mets Beat Nationals to End Skid

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Date: September 19, 2009
Mets starter: Tim Redding
Mets: 3
Nationals: 2
Winning pitcher: Tim Redding
Key player(s): Tim Redding, Daniel Murphy, Jeff Francoeur
Key play: Murphy’s single, Francoeur’s double

The Mets faced the Nationals on a Saturday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the middle match of a three-game weekend series. The Mets ended a six-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Washington.

Tim Redding and the Nats’ John Lannan each pitched a perfect first inning. In the second, Redding retired the side in order once again and Jeff Francoeur doubled to lead off the bottom half. Francoeur advanced to third base on Fernando Tatis’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a single by Daniel Murphy. Lannan then got Wilson Valdez to hit a ground ball to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman for a double play that ended the inning.

Redding and Lannan allowed only one hit apiece from the third inning to the sixth. Tim gave up just a single to Willie Harris and singled himself for the Mets’ lone hit against Lannan. To begin the top of the seventh, Cristian Guzman got an infield single and moved to second base on Zimmerman’s ground ball back to Redding. Guzman went to third on catcher Josh Thole’s passed ball. Adam Dunn singled to score Guzman and tie the game. Josh Willingham drew a walk and Pete Orr was called out on strikes. Redding then retired Ian Desmond on a pop-up to third baseman David Wright to finish off the inning.

Wright hit a double to begin the bottom of the seventh. An ensuing double by Francoeur plated Wright for a 2-1 Mets lead. Francoeur went to third base on Tatis’s fly out to right fielder Desmond. Murphy reached on first baseman Dunn’s two-base error that allowed Francoeur to score the Mets’ third run. Valdez grounded out to second baseman Orr. Lannan then struck out Thole to end the inning.

Josh Bard doubled against Redding to lead off the top of the eighth. Mets’ reliever Sean Green threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter Mike Morse. Harris grounded out to first baseman Murphy to advance pinch-runner Jorge Padilla to third base. Guzman reached on an error by Green that allowed Padilla to come home. Zimmerman singled to send Guzman to third and reliever Pedro Feliciano retired Dunn on an inning-ending grounder to second baseman Luis Castillo. Washington’s Tyler Clippard then hurled a scoreless bottom half.

Mets’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez struck out Willingham to start the top of the ninth inning. Orr was retired on a ground ball to Castillo. Rodriguez then fanned Desmond to end the game. The Mets had a victory to end their skid.