- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 11, 2007

Nationals 7, Mets 6 (10)

VIERA, Fla. — Washington Nationals outfielder Nook Logan stroked a one-out, 10th-inning single just inside the third-base bag that scored Robert Fick to lead the Nationals to their third win of the Grapefruit League season.

The Nationals rallied from a 5-0 deficit and a 6-2 seventh-inning New York lead. Nationals reserve outfielder Darnell McDonald belted a three-run homer to right in the bottom of the eighth inning that brought the Nationals to within 6-5.

The Nationals tied the game 6-6 in the ninth inning when second baseman Bernie Castro scored on a fielder’s choice by pinch hitter Ronnie Belliard.

The Mets pounded Nationals starter Tim Redding. Redding gave up back-to-back solo homers to Ben Johnson and David Newhan in what turned out to be a four-run second inning. Redding allowed four runs — all earned — on five hits. Mets second baseman Jose Valentin hit a solo homer off Nationals right-hander Jerome Williams in the fourth inning that made it 5-0. Mets outfielder Lastings Milledge also hit a solo homer in the seventh inning off Arnie Munoz for a 6-2 Mets lead.

TEMPERATURE CHECK

ZIMMERMAN’S RENEWED DEAL — UP

Star third baseman gets a raise.

METS’ TRAVEL ROSTER — Down

Nobody made the trip north.

ANTHEM SINGER — Down

Forgets words to America’s song.

SPACE COAST STADIUM MUSIC — Down

It’s bad. Noise pollution.

BY THE NUMBERS

6,464 People in attendance at yesterday’s game, the largest home crowd of the Grapefruit League season that was decidedly pro-New York.

4 Solo home runs hit by the Mets yesterday off Nationals pitching.

OVERHEARD

“I’m gonna be fine. So, I know the numbers don’t look great right now, but I feel my pitches are getting better and better every time I’m throwing, bullpens and game situations.”

— Nationals right-hander Tim Redding after allowing four runs on five hits yesterday in just two innings. Redding’s spring ERA stands at 23.62 after two starts.

SEVEN-DAY SCHEDULE

Today: vs. Dodgers in Vero Beach, 1:05 p.m.

Tomorrow: vs. Mets in Viera, 1:05 p.m.

Tuesday: Off day

Wednesday: vs. Cardinals in Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.

Thursday: vs. Tigers (ss) in Viera, 7:05 p.m., vs. Dodgers (ss) in Vero Beach, 7:05 p.m.

Friday: vs. Indians in Winter Haven, 12:35 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Mets (ss) in Port St. Lucie, 1:05 p.m.

HOW TO GET TO SPACE COAST STADIUM

From Orlando/north: Take Route 528 East (Bee Line Expressway) 25 miles to I-95 South. Exit I-95 South at Fiske Boulevard (Exit 195). Proceed south on Fiske Boulevard/Stadium Parkway to the stadium. Approximate time: 45 minutes.

From Melbourne/south: Take I-95 North to Wickham Road (Exit 191) and turn left. Turn right on Lake Andrew Drive and follow to the stadium. Approximate time: 20 minutes.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Washington: Sunny, 54 degrees.

Viera: Sunny, 79 degrees.

— Ken Wright

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