Davis, Beltran Come Through; Mets Defeat Nats 8-4

An article by posted on April 10, 2011

Carlos Beltran has been struggling so far offensively this season, but that wasn’t the case last night as the Mets would go on to defeat the Nationals 8-4.

Game Notes
After the first pitch, the Mets would go on to capitalize early on. After Jose Reyes walked, and Angel Pagan popped out, Carlos Beltran would then put his struggles behind him and jolt a 2-run homer to left field, giving the Mets the 2-0 early lead. Beltran would eventually go on to hit another home run, a solo HR in the 4th inning, and finish the night 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs.

Chris Capuano was on the mound and making his first start for the Amazin’s. Capuano would get going early with a solid 1st inning, but that ended in the 2nd inning when he let up a 3-run homer to Danny Espinosa. That would be Capuano’s biggest mistake of the night, and he would go six innings, striking out eight and allowing 4 earned runs.

The 6th inning would be the turning point for the Amazins as Ike Davis scorched a 2-run triple to the wall in center-field, scoring Beltran and David Wright. After Daniel Murphy followed up with an RBI single, it gave the Mets a 6-4 lead and they would never look back. Ike Davis finished the night 2 for 3.

In the 8th inning there was a bizarre play after the Mets loaded the bases and Josh Thole punched a ground ball single. Ike Davis was called out on the play due to interference, so the single was changed to a fielders choice. The umps ruled that Davis was interfering with Ian Desmond while trying to get to the ground ball. After the interference call, Jose Reyes would come through in the clutch to hit a 2-run double, and the Mets were up 8-4.

K-Rod would come on in the 8th, and 9th, to pitch a 6-out save, his first of the season.

Ike Davis and Carlos Beltran would both have two hits, while Jose Reyes, Daniel Murphy, Mike Nickeas, and Chris Capuano each had one.

Turning Point
Ike Davis’ two-run triple. The Mets would go up 5-4, and never look back after that.

Game Ball
Even though Ike Davis came through with the 2-run triple, the game ball tonight is going to Carlos Beltran. Beltran would emerge offensively and come up with 2 HRs and nearly missed a Mets record breaking third.

On Deck
The Mets are looking to win the rubber match against the Nats, and win their 2nd series of the season, as Chris Young starts for the Mets, against Jason Marquis. Game time at Citi Field is 1:10 ET.

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