Washington Nationals defeat New York Mets, 8-1

Jerry Manuel threatened changes after this turn through the rotation if the starting pitching didn't improve.

What now, skip?

Oliver Perez surrendered seven runs and his ERA swelled to 9.31 as the Mets lost to the Nationals, 8-1, Sunday, at Citi Field. Perez failed to get out of the fifth inning for the third time in four starts as his fastball registered only 88 mph.

Signed to a three-year, $36 million contract during the offseason after Derek Lowe's price tag went ...

First, the good news on Carlos Beltran.

He was leading the National League in batting coming into Sunday's series finale with Washington. When the game ended he still owned a nine-game hitting streak, during which he is hitting at a torrid .472 clip, had collected a hit in 17 of the Mets' first 18 games to start the season and had reached safely in 23 consecutive games dating back to last Sept. 24.

Solid contributions, all while playing a flawless center field.

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