managed to get his first win since May, even with a pitch count limiting his work. He got a big assist from the free-swinging
Maine pitched five shutout innings and
had two RBIs to lead the
New York Mets
to a 6-2 win Sunday.
Maine (6-5) got deep enough to get the decision despite being held to 75 pitches in his second start after a three-month stint
on the disabled list with a sore right shoulder. He allowed two singles and a walk, throwing 50 strikes in his crisp performance.
''They were up there swinging, not many foul balls today,'' Maine said. ''They did put it in play and they did help me out.
They helped me get five innings out of my pitch count.''
Nationals manager Jim Riggleman saw the same thing, and chided his team for its effort in a brief postgame talk.
''It was just a lackluster performance,'' Riggleman said. ''We can't have that. That's not acceptable. You just can't play
with a lack of intensity at this point because it'll show up.''
finished with three hits for New York, which won two of three in the weekend series between the bottom two teams in the NL
had an RBI single after resting Saturday and
added a two-run triple in the ninth.
Maine earned his first win since he threw six shutout innings in a 3-2 victory over Florida on May 31. He was activated last
Sunday at Philadelphia and yielded one run and two hits over three innings in a 5-4 loss.
''I still don't feel like I have I guess 100 percent strength back there as far as pitching-wise but it doesn't hurt,'' Maine
said, ''and I felt better today so that's always a good sign.''
combined to retire 12 straight batters before Washington rallied in the ninth.
had an RBI double and scored on
Stokes struck out
for the second out but walked
to put runners on first and second. Manager
then brought in
, who threw a called third strike past pinch-hitter
for his 33rd save.
Washington's best opportunity against Maine came in the fifth, when Willingham led off with a single and advanced to third
's one-out liner to center. Maine then struck out
and retired pitcher
on a bouncer to second to end the inning.
''He elevated his fastball as he always does,'' Zimmerman said. ''It's tough to lay off. He sneaks it by you.''
Maine improved to 8-3 with a 4.20 ERA in 13 career starts against the Nationals, his most wins against any opponent. Manuel
said his pitch count will be around 90 for his next start, depending on how he feels Monday.
''I thought he had a little more life on the fastball, which is what we were hoping for,'' Manuel said. ''He was able to command
it as well, which is a good thing.''
Mock (3-9) allowed four runs and nine hits in seven innings, dropping to 0-4 with a 7.00 ERA in five starts since his last
win on Aug. 25 at Wrigley Field.
Murphy keyed the Mets' offense for the second consecutive day. He started the second with a triple and scored when
's one-out grounder glanced off Mock for an infield hit. Murphy added a two-run double, also to right-center, in New York's
Murphy is batting .347 (17 for 49) with two homers and 11 RBIs in his last 13 games. He drove in two runs in New York's 3-2
''I think I'm just trying to square the ball up as many times as I can and, especially to right-center, this park rewards
you for that,'' Murphy said. ''There's a lot of extra-base hits out there if you swing at a good pitch and put a good swing
also had two hits for the Mets, who scored their most runs since a 10-9 victory at Philadelphia on Sept. 12.
NOTES: Manuel said Beltran probably won't play in a day game after a night game for the rest of the season. ''How many in
a row he plays, that's still questionable, too,'' Manuel said. Beltran was activated from the disabled list Sept. 8 after
being sidelined for 2 1/2 months with a bone bruise on his right knee. ... Burke made his first start at catcher since he
was acquired from Seattle on Thursday. He went 0 for 1 with a walk before
hit for him in the eighth. ... Castillo was shaken up but stayed in after he was hit on his left shoulder by Burke's throw
when he stole second in the fifth.