New York Mets defeat Washington Nationals, 8-6

It was only a day ago that the Mets' hitting woes had reached a critical level.

They were just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position against the Nationals on Monday night - a pathetic output for any team.

Jerry Manuel was at a loss as to how to jump-start Jason Bay, the big-ticket slugger, and was equally puzzled about how to keep David Wright from striking out - his total having reached a ridiculous 42. With Jose Reyes slumping, the middle of the order was a black ...