posted on Sep, 15 2005 @ 04:20 PM
NEW YORK -- Vinny Castilla's RBI single in the top of the 10th inning helped the Nationals defeat the Mets, 6-5, in front of 21,441 fans at Shea
Stadium on Thursday afternoon to sweep the three-game series.
With a runner on third base, two outs and Roberto Hernandez on the mound, Castilla singled to right field to drive in Nick Johnson to give the
Nationals the one-run lead.
The winning pitcher was Jason Bergmann, while Hernandez took the loss and Gary Majewski picked up his first career save.
The Nationals are now 2 1/2 games behind the Phillies and Marlins in the Wild Card race.
In the early going, the Nationals gave starter Livan Hernandez a 3-0 lead in the first inning off starter Jae Seo. Preston Wilson drove in two runs
with a single to right, while Castilla drove in the third run of the game with a sacrifice fly that scored Wilson.
The Mets made it a two-run game in the bottom of the inning, when Jose Reyes took Hernandez's 1-0 pitch and hit the ball over the right fence.
The Nationals made it a 4-1 game when Cristian Guzman homered over the right-center-field fence off Seo.
But the Mets took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Mets had the bases loaded with two outs, when Cliff Floyd took a 3-2 pitch and hit a
line drive over the right-field wall for his fifth career grand slam that gave the Mets a 5-4 lead.
Livan Hernandez ended up pitching six-plus innings and gave up five runs on nine hits. He struck one batter and walked another.
The Nationals were able to tie the score off Braden Looper in the top of the ninth. With runners on first and third and one out, Brad Wilkerson hit a
perfect double-play ball to Kaz Matsui. But the ball went under Matsui's glove and Kenny Kelley scored on the play to tie the score at 5.