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Perez uses arm, bat to guide Nationals past Mets

May 13, 2008 - 3:44 AM By Doug Mittler PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) - Odalis Perez finally won in his ninth start of the season, and the Washington Nationals took more of the early-season luster off Nelson Figueroa.

Perez battled through 6 1/3 innings and had three hits - including a pair of RBI singles - as the Nationals chased Figueroa after five innings en route to a 10-4 victory over the New York Mets in the opener of a four-game series on Monday.

Jesus Flores and former Met Lastings Milledge had two-run doubles for the Nationals, who bounced back after being swept in a three-game series by the Florida Marlins.

The game-time temperature was a chilly 54 degrees with 20 miles-per-hour winds that made fly balls an adventure.

Perez (1-3) worked his way through the elements, allowing four runs and 11 hits, including home runs to Damion Easley in the second and David Wright in the seventh.

"It wasn't the best way to get (my first win). It was a struggle," Perez said. "Our offense was helping me, and I was helping myself."

"The longer the game went on, the better he got," Wright said of Perez. "You don't have to be overpowering to win."

The Nationals' Opening Night starter, Perez received more than four runs of support for just the second time this season.

The lefthander, making his 220th career start, provided some of that support himself. Perez became the first Nationals pitcher to record three hits since Livan Hernandez on April 19, 2006 against Philadelphia. He had RBI singles in the fifth and sixth.

The Nationals have reached double digits in runs three times this season - twice against the Mets.

The 33-year-old Figueroa, who pitched in Mexico and Taiwan last season, was one of the Mets' feel-good stories of April after he won his first two starts. The journeyman righthander, however, has struggled with his command in losing his last two starts.

Figueroa (2-3) needed 108 pitches to get through five innings and allowed six runs - four earned - and five hits. He walked five, hit two batters and had a costly throwing error that brought home a run in the fourth.

The celebration by the Nationals bench appeared to get under Figueroa's skin, and he remained angry after the game.

"They were cheerleading like a bunch of softball girls," said Figueroa, without identifying any culprits. "That's why they are who they are."

Washington went ahead for good in the fifth, when Figueroa allowed a single to Nick Johnson and walked Rob Mackowiak. Flores lined a two-run double to left field and scored on a single by Perez that gave Washington a 6-3 lead.

The Nationals broke open the game with four runs in the sixth off reliever Jorge Sosa. Milledge lined a two-run double off the left-field wall, quieting a crowd that booed him throughout.

"It's good to come here and do some damage," Milledge said. "Don't get me wrong. I try to do damage wherever I go."

Perez and Felipe Lopez had RBI singles in the sixth to cap the scoring.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    WASHINGTON 0 1 1 1 3 4 0 0 0 10 10 0
    NY METS 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 12 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: WAS - ODALIS PEREZ, CHRIS SCHRODER (7TH), SAUL RIVERA (8TH) AND
    JESUS FLORES
    NYM - NELSON FIGUEROA, JORGE SOSA (6TH), DUANER SANCHEZ
    (7TH), JOE SMITH (8TH), BILLY

    May 12 10:27 PM


  • NL
    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DAVID WRIGHT (7) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF ODALIS PEREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 10, NY METS 4
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: C BELTRAN (.242, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Nationals 10, Mets 4  Bot 7, 0 OutsMay 12 9:40 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY FELIPE LOPEZ SCORED JESUS FLORES.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, F LOPEZ ON FIRST, O PEREZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 10
    NY METS 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: C GUZMAN (.301, 0-FOR-4)

    Nationals 10, Mets 3  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 12 9:21 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ODALIS PEREZ SCORED LASTINGS MILLEDGE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, O PEREZ ON FIRST, J FLORES ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 9
    NY METS 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: F LOPEZ (.267, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Nationals 9, Mets 3  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 12 9:19 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY LASTINGS MILLEDGE SCORED RYAN ZIMMERMAN AND NICK
    JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, L MILLEDGE ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 8
    NY METS 3 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: A KEARNS (.203, 0-FOR-3)

    Nationals 8, Mets 3  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 12 9:12 PM
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    Nationals 6, Mets 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 12 8:50 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ODALIS PEREZ SCORED JESUS FLORES.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, O PEREZ ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 6
    NY METS 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: F LOPEZ (.267, 1-FOR-3)

    Nationals 6, Mets 3  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 12 8:46 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JESUS FLORES SCORED NICK JOHNSON AND ROB
    MACKOWIAK.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J FLORES ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 5
    NY METS 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: O PEREZ (.214, 1-FOR-1, SAC)

    Nationals 5, Mets 3  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 12 8:45 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY NELSON FIGUEROA ALLOWED ROB MACKOWIAK TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, F LOPEZ ON FIRST, J FLORES ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 3
    NY METS 3 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: C GUZMAN (.304, 0-FOR-2)

    Nationals 3, Mets 3  Top 4, 0 OutsMay 12 8:22 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAMION EASLEY SCORED MOISES ALOU.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D EASLEY ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    NY METS 3 BOTTOM, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: B SCHNEIDER (.297, 0-FOR-1)

    Nationals 2, Mets 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 12 8:12 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO NICK JOHNSON SCORED ODALIS PEREZ.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, N JOHNSON ON FIRST, R ZIMMERMAN ON SECOND, F
    LOPEZ ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 2
    NY METS 2 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: L MILLEDGE (.252, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Nationals 2, Mets 2  Top 3, 0 OutsMay 12 7:57 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY DAMION EASLEY (1) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF ODALIS PEREZ.
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1, NY METS 2
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: B SCHNEIDER (.301, 1 HR, 9 RBI)

    Nationals 1, Mets 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 12 7:50 PM


  • NL
    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY ROB MACKOWIAK SCORED NICK JOHNSON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, L MILLEDGE ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 1
    NY METS 1 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: J FLORES (.353, 1 HR, 3 RBI)

    Nationals 1, Mets 1  Top 2, 0 OutsMay 12 7:37 PM


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    AT NY METS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CARLOS BELTRAN SCORED DAVID WRIGHT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C BELTRAN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: WASHINGTON 0
    NY METS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: M ALOU (.292, 0 HR, 4 RBI)

    Nationals 0, Mets 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 12 7:28 PM
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