Nationals' right-handed pitcher Chien-Ming Wang suffered through a taxing first inning as the New York Mets were able to pound out four straight hits and take a 4-0 lead.
Then in the fourth, the Mets went to work again with three hits and a fielding error by Danny Espinosa. Pitcher Dillon Gee had an RBI single off of Wang, who left after four innings. The Mets led 6-0.
Wang went four innings, allowed six runs (four earned), one walk, two strikeouts and one wild pitch. He threw 60 pitches, 39 for strikes.
The Nationals finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth on a base hits by Ryan Zimmerman and Jayson Werth, sandwiched around Gee hitting Michael Morse with a pitch.
Laynce Nix's was safe on a throwing error by Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, and the Nationals scored two runs.
A Wilson Ramos double turned into another run thanks to a Rick Ankiel sacrifice fly and the Mets lead was cut to 6-3.