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Maine strong in return as Mets throttle Nationals

Aug 14, 2008 - 4:21 AM By Jeff Campbell PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- John Maine had a successful return from the disabled list and his offense gave him plenty of support as the Mets handed the Washington Nationals their sixth straight loss, 12-0, on Wednesday.

Maine (10-7), who had been sidelined with a strained right rotator cuff, allowed one hit and walked four over five innings in his first game action since July 28, helping to shut out the Nationals for a league-high 18th time this season. He struck out six.

"He appeared to be fatigued in that last inning," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "I would have liked to have seen him get through another (inning), but coming off an injury with such a big lead, I didn't feel it was necessary to risk that at the time."

"I felt better than I have the last couple of weeks," Maine said. "I went out there and did just enough. It's easier to pitch when you got that kind of lead because you're not really concerned about what's going on, you just try to get outs and get back into that groove."

After the Mets had posted a single run in each of the first two frames, New York exploded against Jason Bergmann (2-9) in the third.

"That was good for us, we needed a game like that," Manuel said. "We haven't had this type of outbreak in a while. To get double-digit runs means a lot of people are contributing offensively, that's huge for us whether we are taking walks or getting base hits with two outs.

"Those things are big for us. It was very impressive the way we played tonight."

The Mets tallied eight runs to build a 10-0 lead, thanks to a meltdown by Bergmann and an error by Nationals shortstop Christian Guzman.

Murphy and Fernando Tatis started the offense with run-scoring singles during Bergmann's 51-pitch inning in which he faced 13 batters. The righthander, who walked five batters during his dreadful frame, even walked Maine with the bases loaded on four straight pitches.

"I just come up here trying to contribute to an already very good baseball team," Murphy said. "These guys welcomed me and I hope that I can do something every day to help this team win."

Bergmann, who left after three innings, allowed 10 runs -- six earned -- and eight hits, issuing six of the Washington's 11 walks.

"Bergmann just didn't have it," Nationals manager Manny Acta said. "He had nothing against left-handed hitters. He couldn't get his pitches inside and he got hit around by a good team."

Jose Reyes' sharp ground ball off Guzman's glove that could have easily resulted in an inning-ending double play scored two more runs before Carlos Beltran's two-run double finished the scoring in the inning.

Reyes had led off the game with a single, advanced to third on a single by rookie Argenis Reyes and scored on David Wright's sacrifice fly to center field for the Mets' first run. The hot-hitting Tatis led off the second with his 10th home run.

Following the Mets' explosive third, Murphy completed their scoring with two-run shot in the fifth off reliever Jesus Colome to extend the lead to 12-0.

Brian Stokes came on in relief of Maine to start the sixth and completed the shutout with four innings of relief to notch his first career save.

"He had electric stuff tonight," Manuel said.








  • NL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    NY METS 1 1 8 0 2 0 0 0 0 12 13 0
    WASHINGTON 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: NYM - JOHN MAINE, BRIAN STOKES (6TH) AND BRIAN SCHNEIDER
    WAS - JASON BERGMANN, JESUS COLOME (4TH), LUIS AYALA
    (6TH), CHARLIE MANNING (8TH), STEVEN SHELL (9TH) AND J

    Aug 13 10:02 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DAN MURPHY (2) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 5TH OFF JESUS COLOME SCORED CARLOS BELTRAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 12, WASHINGTON 0
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: F TATIS (.305, 2-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Mets 12, Nationals 0  Top 5, 0 OutsAug 13 8:44 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY CARLOS BELTRAN SCORED JOSE REYES AND DAVID
    WRIGHT.
    SITUATION: 8 RUNS IN, C BELTRAN ON SECOND, C DELGADO ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 10
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: D MURPHY (.462, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Mets 10, Nationals 0  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 13 8:03 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO CARLOS DELGADO SCORED JOHN MAINE.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, C DELGADO ON FIRST, D WRIGHT ON SECOND, J
    REYES ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 8
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: C BELTRAN (.274, 0-FOR-2)

    Mets 8, Nationals 0  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 13 8:01 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JOSE REYES SCORED FERNANDO TATIS AND BRIAN
    SCHNEIDER.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, J REYES ON FIRST, J MAINE ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 7
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: A REYES (.237, 1-FOR-2)

    Mets 7, Nationals 0  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 13 7:57 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO JOHN MAINE SCORED DAN MURPHY.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J MAINE ON FIRST, B SCHNEIDER ON SECOND, F
    TATIS ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 5
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: J REYES (.307, 2-FOR-2)

    Mets 5, Nationals 0  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 13 7:54 PM


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    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY FERNANDO TATIS SCORED CARLOS DELGADO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, F TATIS ON FIRST, D MURPHY ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 4
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: B SCHNEIDER (.255, 0-FOR-1)

    Mets 4, Nationals 0  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 13 7:50 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY DAN MURPHY SCORED DAVID WRIGHT.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, D MURPHY ON FIRST, C DELGADO ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 3
    WASHINGTON 0 TOP, 3RD
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: F TATIS (.303, 1-FOR-1, HR, RBI)

    Mets 3, Nationals 0  Top 3, 0 OutsAug 13 7:49 PM


  • NL
    AT WASHINGTON - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY FERNANDO TATIS (10) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF JASON BERGMANN.
    CURRENT SCORE: NY METS 2, WASHINGTON 0
    DUE UP FOR NY METS: B SCHNEIDER (.256, 2 HR, 20 RBI)

    Mets 2, Nationals 0  Top 2, 0 OutsAug 13 7:27 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: NYM - JOHN MAINE
    WAS - JASON BERGMANN

    DUE UP FOR WASHINGTON: E BONIFACIO (.219, 0 HR, 6 RBI)
    C GUZMAN (.297, 5 HR, 34 RBI)
    R ZIMMERMAN (.268, 8 HR, 3

    Mets 1, Nationals 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsAug 13 7:20 PM
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