• Mets 9 Washington 3: Good teams need to beat bad teams in August and that is exactly what the Mets did to Washington this week. Thursday they capped off the sweep with a strong start from Oliver Perez and some timely hitting. Brian Schneider hit his fifth home run of the season and Carlos Delgado added his 26th in the sixth inning. Fernando Tatis went 1-for-1 with three walks and Damion Easley added a pinch-hit single that drove in two.

    The Phillies are in action in LA, but for now the Mets are a ½-game in front in the NL East. The Mets now head to Pittsburgh for a four-game series with the Pirates.