New York Mets defeat Washington Nationals, 9-7

WASHINGTON - Pheeeew. Jerry Manuel tied a franchise record for a nine-inning game by using eight pitchers, but he managed to navigate the Mets to a 9-7 victory over the Nationals Wednesday night.

Behind a two-homer night from Carlos Beltran and longballs from Jose Reyes and Carlos Delgado as well, Brandon Knight picked up his first major-league victory and the Mets snapped a three-game skid.

The Mets (84-67) remained a half-game behind the Phillies in the NL East and...