Nationals take opener from Mets
09/13/2005 10:26 PM ET
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
WASHINGTON -- The Nationals used five relievers to defeat the Mets, 4-2, in front of 34,143 at Shea Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Nationals needed to use a bullpen by committee for the second
consecutive game, because John Patterson missed his start because of a
sinus infection and bronchitis that turned into a slight asthma attack.
Unlike in Sunday's game against the Braves, however, the relievers did
a good job. Right-hander Hector Carrasco, making his first start since
2000, when he was with the Red Sox, pitched four innings, giving up two
runs on three hits. He struck out a career-high six batters and walked
Jon Rauch, Joey Eischen, Gary Majewski and Chad Cordero shut out the
Mets the rest of the way, with Cordero picking up his 45th save.
The Mets were up, 1-0, when the Nationals took the lead in
the third inning. Brad Wilkerson, Marlon Byrd and Preston Wilson hit
RBI singles off Tom Glavine to give the Nationals a 3-1 lead.
The Mets made it a 3-2 game in the fourth inning, when Marlon Anderson
took Carrasco's 1-0 pitch and hit his fourth home run of the season.
In the top of the ninth, with Braden Looper on the mound and Brian
Schneider on first base, Cristian Guzman dropped a bunt in front of
catcher Ramon Castro, who threw the ball over the head of first baseman
Chris Woodward. Schneider scored all the way from first on the play.
This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
To add insult to injury, Frank Robinson was ejected on argument about a batter
checking his swing. The batter was on the Mets, and I swear he
almost spun all the way around. I have no idea how the first base
umpire missed that.
Robinson's 70. Give him a break. :)