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For most of the season when Pedro Martinez pitches, the Mets win. Last night against the Washington Nationals Martinez pitched 7 innings, allowed three runs and picked up his 3rd loss of the season as the Mets lost 3-2. Esteban Loaiza, who was horrendous with the Yankees last year, notched his 5th win of the season, allowing 1 run in 8 innings of work.

A 9th inning rally by the Mets put their only runs on the game, but was stopped short when Brian Daubach flied out to end the game with the tying run at 3rd. Gothamist has no idea why Willie Randolph turned to Daubach, who is hitting a stellar .087, and not Miguel Cairo who was on deck when the final out was made.

The loss puts the Mets back under .500, a mark they seem to hover at all the time, and 10 games behind the division leading Nats. With two more games against baseball's best home team, it looks like the Mets might fall even further behind the Nationals.

Photo by AP/Nick Wass via ESPN