The Washington Times - April 25, 2009, 03:27PM

You can pretty much write this one off as a lost cause at this point. The Nationals gave up another three runs in the sixth, facilitated in part by Wil Nieves’ throwing error, and lead 8-2.

Nieves was trying to gun down Carlos Beltran at second base when he short-hopped a throw that got past Alberto Gonzalez and skipped into center field, allowing Daniel Murphy to score. That, plus a David Wright walk off Jason Bergmann and a Ryan Church single off Saul Rivera, helped the Mets score three in the sixth, though all of the runs were earned.

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Washington, meanwhile, had no answer for Mike Pelfrey, who is out of the game now after allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings. They managed a small rally in the sixth, getting a pair of hits to start the inning before Adam Dunn hit into a double play. Elijah Dukes hit a low liner to center that dropped under the glove of a sliding Daniel Murphy (yes, it does happen to other teams) that scored Nick Johnson, but Dukes got stuck at third to end the inning.