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Mets pitcher Livan Hernandez, pitched seven innings with four strike outs and no earned runs. Hernandez happens to be 5-1 on the season.
"Obviously we need good pitching, and that's outstanding pitching," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said. "That's not normal for Livo. He can throw 160, 170 pitches and not flinch, but you know he's battling some different things when he comes in and says that."
Hernandez was satisfied with his team's performance and was comfortable with the among of innings he was given.
"I want to go seven innings and that's it," Hernandez said. "The relievers came in and made two innings and that's it. I think it's good for me today."
Mets second baseman Alex Cora and left fielder Fernando Martinez, had two runs with one hit each. Carlos Beltran, the Mets' center fielder, was hitless with five at-bats. Third baseman David Wright had one run with two hits. Daniel Murphy (first baseman) and Ryan Church (right fielder) both scored one run.
"That's what we need to do is jump on teams early — which we've done all year—but also add one or two here and there when we have the opportunity," Wright said. "We did that today."
Nationals pitcher Craig Stammen pitched five innings with five earned runs and only two strike outs. He received the loss and is 0-2 on the season.
Quotes from Yahoo