The Mets still didn't solve the puzzle of Washington Nationals pitcher Livan Hernandez, but Justin Turner's run-scoring single in the fourth inning gave New York all the offense it needed to post a 1-0 win at Citi Field this afternoon and climb out of last place in the East Division of the National League.
Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee kept the Nats' bats completely silent until Hernandez broke the no hitter with a single with two outs in the sixth inning. Gee finished the sixth and stayed in to get the first two outs of the seventh inning, then handed the ball to Tim Byrdak, who earned a hold. Francisco Rodriguez allowed a double by Laynce Nix in the ninth, but Jayson Werth grounded out and Rodriguez induced a grounder to second from Adam LaRoche to end the game. It was Rodriguez's 14th save in 15 chances.
The Mets have won nine of their last 13 games, and their next opponent is their crosstown rival, the New York Yankees.
Hernandez is 13-15 games against the Mets in 39 starts. After allowing just one run today, his ERA against New York remains under 2.0.