• Mets 10, Nationals 8: Oliver Perez pitched as he did in the first half of the season (poorly), and the Mets were in trouble. Manager Jerry Manuel had to turn to his relief corps with only one out in the fourth inning. So what happened? Nelson Figueroa allowed two inherited runners to score, but, after that, the relievers allowed only one run in 5 2/3 innings. Not too shabby. Joe Smith got the win with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Luis Ayala got the save. Brothers Carlos joined in on the act again, with Delgado adding two homers and Beltran poking one out. Jose Reyes -- a more deserving MVP candidate than Delgado, by the way -- got two hits to help extraicate himself from a brief September malaise. To make the night sweeter, the Marlins beat the Phillies by an identical score. The Mets now lead the National League East by 2 1/2 games.

  • Yankees 7, Angels 1: Alfredo Aceves won his first big-league start, and he got plenty of help from the offense. Johnny Damon hit two homers and Alex Rodriguez added another. Derek Jeter also went 2-for-4. Jeter's first hit moved him past Babe Ruth into second place on the Yankees' all-time hit list. Up next: Lou Gehrig. At 25, Aceves is old to be making his first career start, so don't expect big things from him as a starter. He got the nod in lieu of Darrell Rasner, who hadn't been up to snuff since a quick start. The Yankees and Angels close their series with a Wednesday matinée.