The New York Mets (55-51) won their fifth-straight game by a final of 8-5 over the Washington Nationals (49-56) on Friday night.
Rookie-sensation Dillon Gee earned his 10th victory, as the red-hot New York offense continued to cash in on scoring opportunities. Gee went 6.2 innings and struck out five, as the righty has had the Nationals number thus far in his young career.
It seems as if there is a different guy every night for this come-back Mets squad, and that has worked out just fine. There also seems to be a more balance approach from the batters-as guys are just looking to hit versus trying to get the home run.
Leading the offense on this night was catcher Ronny Paulino, who had a three-hit night…along with the crucial double (11) in the top of the sixth inning-which gave New York the 8-3 lead at the time.
David Wright and Jason Bay both had two-hit nights, as the Mets offense finished with a whopping 12 hits.
Even though the bats are hot right now-the bullpen for these Mets has had its ups-and-downs. On this night Bobby Parnell and Tim Byrdak both had trouble putting the Nationals away.
Amazingly enough the pen, has found different heroes on different night as D.J. Carrasco came in and recorded two huge strike outs to end the Washington offensive threat.
Jason Isringhausen came in the bottom of the ninth, and recorded three-quick outs for his 298th career save in securing the 8-5 New York victory.
The Mets will look to make it six-in-a-row as knuckle-ball specialist R.A. Dickey (5-8, 3.74 ERA) takes on New York-native Jason Marquis (8-5, 3.95 ERA). With the first pitch for Game Two on Saturday slated for 7:05 p.m.