Mets starting to catch up to Zimmermann; Nationals still lead by one

NEW YORK - We’re headed into the sixth inning here, and if Jordan Zimmermann’s not done for the day, his next inning will probably be his last one of the day. The Mets have started to put balls in the air as Zimmermann’s fastball has come up in the strike zone, and they are within one of the Nationals, who lead 3-2.

Washington chased R.A. Dickey from the game in five innings, forcing him to throw 97 pitches in that time, but has only been able to manage three runs. They drew five walks off him, but have left six runners on base in the first five innings.

And the Mets scored a run in the fourth and fifth innings, with pinch hitter Lucas Duda, well, pinching a double just inside the right field line to score a run in the fifth. Zimmermann has thrown 91 pitches, and the Nationals took him out after six innings in his first start when he’d thrown just 84 pitches. He’s back out for the sixth, but there’s a chance Doug Slaten could replace him a batter into the inning with a switch hitter (Carlos Beltran) and two lefties (Ike Davis and Willie Harris) due up after David Wright. Manager Jim Riggleman was hoping to reduce the workload on Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen after they’d both worked two innings last night, but he might need them both today.