The Washington Times - April 24, 2009, 09:15PM

Nats trail 3-1, the difference being that when Johan Santana needed to get out of a jam, he did it himself. When Scott Olsen had to get out of one, his defense silpped up.

The Mets scored two runs in the sixth off defensive miscues by Austin Kearns. The right fielder dove for a ball he probably couldn’t get to at the start of the sixth, and that turned into a Fernando Tatis triple as it rolled into the corner. Then, he charged a bloop single and had it bounce just under his glove as he dove. It wound up being a single from Daniel Murphy that scored Tatis.

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Santana is out of the game now, having given up a home run on a nice piece of hitting from Nick Johnson in the sixth. The left-hander reached outside for a 1-1 fastball, content to push it off the end of his bat instead of trying to pull it. He got enough of it to send it over the left-field wall for a 340-foot homer. A less patient hitter would have probably tried to pull it and wound up popping it up.

But the Nats had a chance to take the lead in the sixth, and again couldn’t come up with the big hit. After Ryan Zimmerman walked and Adam Dunn singled, Santana struck out Elijah Dukes and Kearns, his changeup again too tough for both of them. Then Jesus Flores popped up, ending the threat.

So that’s where we sit after six. If the Nats want to win this one, they’ll have to do it against a revamped Mets bullpen.