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Added April 27th, 2011 by Chalk

Mets Win Fifth Straight
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Their starting pitcher didn’t make it out of the fifth inning, but the New York Mets still won their fifth straight game as they outslugged the Washington Nationals in a 6-4 win on Tuesday night. Mets starter Chris Young was on a pitch count in his first start back from the disabled list and was decent, allowing three earned runs in 4.2 innings, then getting help from the suddenly improved Mets bullpen.

“Shoulder felt good, felt really good,” Young said. “It wasn’t as pretty as I’d like, but we won the game. That’s the bottom line.”

Jason Bay and Ike Davis ended Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann’s evening with back-to-back singles in the top of the sixth, then Josh Thole stroked a bloop double to bring them both home and put the Mets ahead 5-3.

The Mets (10-13) are now just one win away from climbing out of the NL East cellar. They’re half a game behind the fourth-place Nationals, and 5.5 back of the first place Phillies.

Mets manager Terry Collins is just glad to see his guys settling down. “A couple of weeks ago everybody was trying so hard, I guess you could use the phrase they were pressing,” Collins said. “I think they are starting to relax a little bit, and the starting pitching is getting us in situations where our relievers can be used as they should be used.”

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