The New York Mets won a baseball game on Wednesday night, which is a rarity for them these days, beating the Washington Nationals in a rather unusual way, at least for them. The Mets hit three home runs, all against Washington starter Dan Haren, to propel them to a blowout victory, which gave them some semblance of redemption following the walk-off win by the Nationals in the series opener Tuesday night.
Mets manager Terry Collins deserves some credit for the win for using a lineup usually reserved for left-handed starters to face Haren, a righty that struggles more against right-handed batters than lefties. Right fielder Marlon Byrd, who has been held out of the lineup against right-handed starters lately, pushed the Mets into the lead with two home runs, giving him four in his last seven games.
David Wright also homered to help give the Mets a comfortable lead early in the game, a lead they would not relinquish. After the home runs gave the Mets the lead, they were able to tack on more than enough insurance runs, as Byrd, Wright, Daniel Murphy, Anthony Recker, and Juan Lagares all had multiple hit games.
On the mound, Dillon Gee threw his second quality start in a row. Gee had some rough moments early on, and was lucky not to allow more than one run, but he settled down in the middle innings and worked his way through Washington’s lineup three full times, something he has struggled to do this season. The performance by Gee is a good sign, as he soon could be in a position where he’s fighting to keep his job.
The win by the Mets sets up a rubber match in the series finale tomorrow, as Shaun Marcum attempts to get his first win of the season against Gio Gonzalez, who starts for the Nationals after a brilliant outing against the Atlanta Braves his last time out. The Mets knocked around Gonzalez to the tune of five runs in four innings when they faced him in April. The Mets will be looking to repeat that success against Gonzalez as well as their power output from Wednesday night, as they go for the series win.