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Wang goes for Nats in opener with Mets

Jul 29, 2011 - 3:21 PM (Sports Network) - Chien-Ming Wang returns to a major league hill for the first time since 2009 this evening when the Washington Nationals open a three- game series against the New York Mets at Nationals Park.

After winning 19 games in 2006 and '07, Wang's once promising career was derailed by injuries. In fact he has won just nine times in 27 appearances since the start of the 2008 campaign.

He joined the Nationals before last season on a one-year deal, but did not pitch for them. Wang then re-signed with Washington this offseason.

Wang began a rehab assignment with Single-A Hagerstown on June 27 and pitched for Potomac on July 2, Double-A Harrisburg on July 7 and July 14 and Triple-A Syracuse on July 19.

He allowed five runs in five innings at Syracuse on July 24 in his final rehab game, striking out five batters and walking one.

Wang has never faced the Mets.

On Thursday in Washington, Emilio Bonifacio extended his MLB-best hitting streak to 26 games and the Florida Marlins completed a three-game sweep of the Nationals with a 5-2 victory in the series finale.

John Lannan (7-7) went 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and four walks in the loss.

Jayson Werth went 2-for-4 and knocked in both of Washington's runs as the Nationals dropped their fifth straight game.

The Mets, meanwhile, played their second straight game without traded outfielder Carlos Beltran in the lineup and made it four straight wins overall when Lucas Duda and Jason Bay hit three-run doubles in a 10-9 victory over the Cincinnati Reds to complete a sweep at Great American Ball Park.

The Mets banged out 11 hits, six for extra bases, in Wednesday's 8-2 win when the Beltran deal was first announced, and on Thursday were even more potent with 14 hits.

Bay finished 3-for-4 and Duda was 2-for-4, while David Wright and Angel Pagan each had three hits for New York, which built a 9-3 cushion after five innings and withstood a Cincinnati comeback.

The offense made a winner of Chris Capuano (9-10) for the first time since July 4. He had lost three straight starts and didn't pitch particularly well on Thursday, allowing six runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Heading to the hill for them tonight will be Dillon Gee, a 25-year-old from Texas, who has won nine of 12 decisions in his second taste of the big leagues after going 2-2 in five starts last season.

He won his initial seven decisions of 2011 and is 2-3 in seven starts since early June, including a 4-2 decision over St. Louis on July 19 with seven innings of three-hit, two-run ball.

He got a no-decision in one subsequent outing, a 5-4 Mets loss at Florida.

Gee has won both career starts against the Nationals while allowing a run on four hits in 14 2/3 innings.

The Mets have won five of eight from the Nats this season.








  • NEW YORK: 8
    WASHINGTON: 5
    Final

    Jul 29 10:06 PM


  • Rick Ankiel single to center scored Jerry Hairston Jr. with one out. On the play, Jesus Flores advances to second and Wilson Ramos advances to third. Bases loaded and Danny Espinosa due up.

    Mets 8, Nationals 5  Bot 8, 1 OutJul 29 9:42 PM


  • Jesus Flores is pinch-hitting for Alex Cora.

    Mets 8, Nationals 4  Bot 8, 1 OutJul 29 9:39 PM
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    Mets 8, Nationals 4  Bot 8, 1 OutJul 29 9:39 PM


  • Jose Reyes double to right scored Ronny Paulino with two out. Runner on second and Justin Turner due up.

    Mets 8, Nationals 3  Top 6, 2 OutsJul 29 8:43 PM


  • Ronny Paulino double to center scored Jason Bay with one out. Runner on second and Dillon Gee due up.

    Mets 7, Nationals 3  Top 6, 1 OutJul 29 8:38 PM
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    Mets 7, Nationals 3  Top 6, 1 OutJul 29 8:38 PM


  • Rick Ankiel sacrifice fly to left scored Wilson Ramos with two out. None on and Danny Espinosa due up.

    Mets 6, Nationals 3  Bot 5, 2 OutsJul 29 8:28 PM


  • Laynce Nix fielder's choice ground out to short scored Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse with two out, On the play, Laynce Nix advances to second on Jose Reyes's throwing error. Jayson Werth out at second. Runner on second and Ian Desmond due up.

    Mets 6, Nationals 2  Bot 4, 2 OutsJul 29 8:18 PM
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    Mets 6, Nationals 2  Bot 4, 2 OutsJul 29 8:18 PM


  • Jose Reyes sacrifice fly to left scored Ronny Paulino with two out. Runner on first and Justin Turner due up.

    Mets 6, Nationals 0  Top 4, 2 OutsJul 29 8:06 PM


  • Dillon Gee single to center scored Lucas Duda with one out. On the play, Ronny Paulino advances to third. Runners on first and third and Jose Reyes due up.

    Mets 5, Nationals 0  Top 4, 1 OutJul 29 8:05 PM
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    Mets 5, Nationals 0  Top 4, 1 OutJul 29 8:05 PM


  • Lucas Duda sacrifice fly to left scored David Wright with two out. On the play, Angel Pagan was thrown out at third, left to third to short to end the inning.

    Mets 4, Nationals 0  Mid 1Jul 29 7:23 PM


  • Jason Bay ground out short to first scored Daniel Murphy with one out. On the play, Angel Pagan advances to second and David Wright advances to third. Runners on second and third and Lucas Duda due up.

    Mets 3, Nationals 0  Top 1, 1 OutJul 29 7:19 PM


  • Angel Pagan single to left scored Justin Turner with none out. On the play, David Wright advances to second and Daniel Murphy advances to third. Bases loaded and Jason Bay due up.

    Mets 2, Nationals 0  Top 1, 0 OutsJul 29 7:17 PM


  • Daniel Murphy single to left scored Jose Reyes with none out. On the play, Justin Turner advances to second. Runners on first and second and David Wright due up.

    Mets 1, Nationals 0  Top 1, 0 OutsJul 29 7:12 PM


  • NEW YORK: 0
    WASHINGTON: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    Jul 29 7:07 PM
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