Washington Nationals defeat New York Mets, 13-3

WASHINGTON - Mike Pelfrey remains, as Jerry Manuel put it, "an enigma." But there's no mystery about the direction of this Mets season: nowheresville.

A day after their most robust output of the season, the Mets were held to just three hits in a laborious Labor Day loss, 13-3, to Washington in front of 20,224 at Nationals Park.

Recently, the Mets seem to be coming to grips with the mortality of their playoff hopes with a 67-71 record mired in fourth place in the NL E...