Washington Nationals defeat New York Mets, 7-1

WASHINGTON - Carlos Beltran dismissed Adam LaRoche's response to the center fielder's claim that the Mets should be embarrassed about getting swept in Pittsburgh.

LaRoche, the Pirates' first baseman, had said Friday that Beltran lacked class. "What I said was in a way, as a team, we all should feel embarrassed," Beltran reiterated yesterday.

"Being honest, I don't care what he said. I believe we're a better team than them. I don't care what he said. I know that we co...

WASHINGTON - The Mets headed back in the wrong direction last night. Quite literally. Quite embarrassingly, too.

Luis Castillo ran past Emil Brown on the basepaths for an automatic out, John Maine surrendered three homers for the first time in his career while acknowledging tightness in the back of his surgically repaired shoulder, and the Mets matched a club record with five double plays while losing to the lowly Nationals, 7-1.

The Mets (29-25) hit into three doubl...