The Washington Times - September 20, 2009, 02:43PM

We’re in the middle of the fifth at Citi Field, and Garrett Mock’s outing has all the earmarks of a typical day for the right-hander these days: innings that spiral out of control with two outs, moments of promise and pitches that stay too high in the zone when they should drop.

He allowed three runs in the third and has given up seven hits in the first four innings. Mock’s pitch count hasn’t escalated like it sometimes will, but his off-speed pitches aren’t consistently finding the lower part of the strike zone.

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John Maine, meanwhile, carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning against the Nationals, who managed two singles off him in the inning. The Mets lead 4-0 midway through the fifth.