New York Mets defeat Washington Nationals, 3-2

As the Mets trudge through the dismal end to a lost season, it's difficult to keep things light.

Jeff Francoeur is trying, but even he needs a pick-me-up sometimes and he sought solace in Jerry Manuel's office Friday night after another hard-hit drive of his ended a game in bizarre fashion.

Perhaps Manuel's soft encouragement carried over to Saturday afternoon, when Francoeur had a huge game in the Mets' 3-2 victory over the Nationals in front of 37,906 at Citi Field. F...