Dillon Gee was brilliant once again for 7 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and six hits, earning his team-leading tenth win of the year.
LaTroy Hawkins recorded his sixth save in nine opportunities.
Ike Davis gave the Mets the lead with a two-run home run in the fourth inning, a lead the Mets would not relinquish.
Daniel Murphy scored from second on an infield single by Andrew Brown in the eighth inning.
Travis d’Arnaud had his first two-hit game of his young career.
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Michael Baron, ContributorThe Mets played a great game tonight. And, they cooled off the Nationals and helped slow whatever momentum they might have as they pursue a Wild Card spot in 2013. That makes this win even better.
Gee was great again. And, he’s getting better with each start. He pitched to a lot of contact but got a lot of quick outs and a ton of groundballs, which helped speed tonight’s game up. It’s too bad he only has four or five more starts left this year – I bet he wishes he could pitch for another three months. He faded a bit in the eighth inning and Terry pulled the plug before things got out of hand, and Scott Rice was able to bail Gee out to preserve the win. As I wrote last week, Gee’s slider and change-up have been the keys to his success over the last three months, and it’s propelled him into being one of the best pitchers in baseball over that span.
Murphy’s hustle proved to be the difference in this game. That’s the second time this week he has scored from second in a situation like that. He isn’t the most graceful of players, and sometimes he can make me scratch my head, but he’s gritty and has a winning attitude – every good team needs a baseball personality like that.
Ike’s home run was noteworthy for a couple of reasons. First off, it changed the tone and momentum in this game, but also the power has been missing as part of his resurgence since he returned from Las Vegas. Getting on-base is cool and all, but Ike needs to hit and hit for power too, especially if he wants to keep his job heading into next season.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra
The Mets will look for the series victory against the Nationals tomorrow night at Nationals Park, with Zack Wheeler facing Dan Haren at 7:05 PM.