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When the Mets started their series at Shea with Washington they were one-and-a-half games ahead of Philadelphia. Two wins, 41 total runs and two Phillie losses later, they now have a season-high three-and-a-half-game lead over the Phightin’ (amongst themselves) Phils. The wins weren’t easy, but you don’t get extra points for style. Here’s what happened.

Tuesday, Mets 10-8: The Slugging Carloses

Ugly. Pretty. Sloppy. Easy. Hard. In September, it doesn’t matter how you do it―a win’s a win. There are no bad wins (unless there’s a season-ending injury, of course), and no moral victories in a loss (you can put lipstick on a loss, but it’s still a loss). Carlos Delgado blasted two home runs (again), went three for three and had three RBIs. His first shot clanged off the Texas-Seattle game on the scoreboard, and the second one was sent to the back of the Mets bullpen. It was hit so hard it went back in time; I think Terry Leach caught it. It was Delgado’s seventh multi-homer game this season, which ties Dave Kingman’s club record from 1976. And the MVP candidate is not hitting his dingers in blowouts or padding big leads. They’re clutch home runs. He’s the anti-A-Rod. Carlos Beltran ended up knocking in the winning run, when he belted a two-run long ball in the sixth inning. He makes it the third Met, with Delgado and David Wright (RBI single), to drive in 100 runs this season. Ryan Church is getting back into a rhythm at the plate. He had two hits, including a home run of his own, and two RBIs. Damion Easley opened up the scoring with a two-run double in the second inning. As long as he keeps on hitting, Luis Castillo stays glued to the bench. Keep it up, Damion.

As for the pitching, Oliver Perez stunk more than Shea itself, with his 3.1 innings pitched, seven runs, eight hits, three K’s and two walks. We haven’t seen this kind of performance from him in a while. Hopefully he can just shake it off and get back to where he was. With one out in the fourth, Nelson Figueroa came in to bail out Perez. The first three batters he faced: single (run scored), single (run scored), walk. I don’t think that’s what Jerry Manuel had in mind when he brought him in. Figueroa then thankfully got Aaron Boone to hit into a double play. That was actually one of the biggest plays of the night, as it kept the Nationals from blowing out the game. Washington scored five runs in the fourth on six straight hits. Manuel spent the evening going through pitchers like he was rifling through his dresser looking for his keys. In all, he used six relievers, with Joe Smith, Scott Schoeneweis, Brian Stokes and new closer Luis Ayala (notching his first save after Billy Wagner announced he is officially done for the year) putting up goose eggs the last four innings.

Wednesday, Mets 13-10: Another Ugly Win

Ugly. Pretty. Sloppy. Easy. Hard. See above. The offense exploded. The pitching imploded. But as Bob Murphy once said, “The Mets win the damn thing.” Mike Pelfrey was handed a 7-1 lead and could only last five innings. He struggled the whole way, having trouble keeping the ball down, and coughed up five runs on eight eights, two walks and no strikeouts. David Wright led the offense, with a four for four night, and smashed a huge two-run homer in the eighth. And he probably wrapped up the Gold Glove with two more of his signature bare-handed plays and a leaping catch of a screaming line drive. Carlos Beltran (three hits), Fernando Tatis and Brian Schneider all drove in two runs. Carlos Delgado didn’t hit two home runs. He didn’t even hit one. He did produce a sac fly, though, which at the time was the go-ahead run. And Jose Reyes broke Mookie Wilson’s franchise stolen base record, with the first of his two swipes.

The bullpen threw four innings and let up five runs. We haven’t seen that in a couple of weeks. Almost as soon as Aaron Heilman stepped on the mound, he let up a Christian Guzman two-run bomb. He should have just walked from the bullpen straight to the dugout. Brian Stokes had a rare tarnished outing, when Guzman teed off again, this time for a three-run blast. But Joe Smith pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, for his second win of the series, and Luis Ayala threw a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Last night’s game was a perfect example of why the Nationals are in last place. The team is filled with a bunch of chumps who have no idea what they’re doing or what’s going on on the field. Lastings Milledge was pretty much playing on the other side of the center-field fence, as one ball after another dropped in front of him. And as for Elijah Dukes, to quote Jerry Seinfeld, “That is one angry clown.”

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