New York Mets: Gritty Team Wins Its 6th Straight in D.C.

Tommy FavaloroContributor IIIApril 28, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26:  Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets celebrates with Ike Davis #29 after scoring in the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 26, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets came into Wednesday night’s game red hot, winning five in a row and looking like a completely different team than the one that lost seven straight games in early April.

The streak looked to be in jeopardy as Nationals pitcher Tom Gorzelanny held the Mets lineup in check—giving up just one run on five hits through 6.1 innings.

After a disputed call at third base in the eighth inning saw Jose Reyes get robbed of a triple, the Mets did not let the bad call ruin their night. The next batter, Daniel Murphy blasted a pinch-hit home run off Tyler Clippard tying the game at two—much to the delight of an animated Jose Reyes.

The back and forth battle continued when the Nationals took the lead in the bottom of the inning after a sac fly by Wilson Ramos, and sent Sean Burnett to the mound in the ninth to close out the game.

After Jason Bay, Ike Davis, and  Willie Harris reached base, an unlikely hero in Chin-Lung Hu tied the game with a sac fly to right field. The Mets then took the lead courtesy of a Josh Thole ground out to shortstop scoring Ike Davis despite Jim Riggleman playing the infield in. After his solo home run in his first at-bat in the eighth, Daniel Murphy added two more runs with a double down the right-field line. Small-ball ruled the inning and propelled the Mets to a three-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth.

Francisco Rodriguez came in and recorded his sixth save of the season with relative ease against the top of the Nationals order.

R.A. Dickey pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed two runs getting the no-decision. Pedro Beato allowed his first earned run of the season, but also picked up his first career big-league win.

The current six game winning streak is the longest such winning streak for New York since June of 2010. The Mets are now just two games away from .500 after having a record of 5-13 a week ago. There is reason to be excited as of late, as the Mets are now back in the playoff picture after a miserable start.

The Mets will look to go for seven in a row tomorrow when Chris Capuano takes the mound against former-Met Livan Hernandez at Nationals Park.

They will wear their lucky black uniforms and go for two consecutive sweeps.