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NEW YORK -- Facing a tough trip and a fast turnaround, Seth Lugo and the New York Mets quickly packed their equipment bags. Cheap Ivan Rodriguez Jersey . They took jerseys, gloves and something else, too -- the glow of a sweet win.Lugo kept pitching like a playoff-tested ace rather than a rookie, Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce each hit a two-run homer and the Mets beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 Sunday night.The Mets won for the 11th time in 15 tries and stayed within one game of St. Louis for the second NL wild-card slot. They didnt have much time to savor the victory -- they hurried to Cincinnati for a 1:10 p.m. Monday holiday start.We cant worry about who were playing, where were playing, Bruce said. Were going to play tomorrow, and have the evening.The Mets had worried that storm system Hermine could severely delay them leaving New York, but the expected heavy rain and high winds held off.Are we going to get in at 3 in the morning or 4:30 in the morning? Mets manager Terry Collins wondered before the game.Lugo (3-2) limited the NL East leaders to one run and six hits in seven innings, walking none and striking out four. The 26-year-old righty has won three straight starts, permitting a total of three runs, to help rejuvenate an injury-plagued rotation.Lugo wobbled in the first inning, giving up two quick hits, plunking a batter, making multiple pickoff throws and drawing a visit from pitching coach Dan Warthen.After that, Lugo escaped a bases-loaded jam by retiring Wilson Ramos on a nubber. He later set down 10 hitters in a row, and left to a standing ovation.That was pretty awesome, he said. That was crazy.Granderson drove in three runs. New York set a team record with its 97th home run at home in a season, topping the 96 at Shea Stadium in 2006.Danny Espinosa matched a career high with his 21st homer for Washington.The Nationals still lead the Mets by 8 1/2 games with less than a month to go.Just win. Its as simple as that. Thats the biggest priority. You win as many ballgames as you can, manager Dusty Baker said.And I still believe that we havent hit our stride yet. I mean, every teams won seven, eight, nine, 10 in a row except us. So, I still believe our best time of the year is yet to come, he said.Reynaldo Lopez (2-3) gave up three runs on six hits, three wild pitches and a walk in four innings. Called up from Triple-A before the game, he did get his first major league hit.Daniel Murphy singled and has a hit in all 16 games this season against the Mets, the team he helped send to the World Series last year.Granderson hit his 23rd homer. Bruce connected for his 29th off Mat Latos, who made his Washington debut after being released by the White Sox in June.HATS OFFThe Mets and Nationals both wore hats honoring New Yorks police, fire, Port Authority and other first responders during batting practice. The Mets also will wear them next Sunday on Sept. 11. This was their last home game before the 9/11 anniversary and they received permission from Major League Baseball for the tribute. The Mets asked the Nationals if theyd want to join them, and they did.These guys need to be rewarded, Collins said, wearing an NYPD hat.TRAINERS ROOMNationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (sore elbow) threw a bullpen before the game and Baker said the reports were good. There is a chance the ace could start Wednesday at home vs. Atlanta.Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (forearm) is still resting and its very possible he could miss two starts, Collins said.UP NEXTNationals: RHP Max Scherzer (15-7, 2.89 ERA) was returning to Washington early to prepare for his start at 4:05 p.m. Monday against Atlanta. His start was pushed back a day to give him extra rest. Ryan Weber (1-0, 5.24) was to pitch for the Braves.Mets: RHP Bartolo Colon (12-7, 3.35) was ready to start at Cincinnati vs. RHP Robert Stephenson (2-0, 3.00). The Reds will honor Bruce before the game at Great American Ball Park -- the three-time All-Star outfielder played nine seasons for them before being dealt to New York on Aug. 1. Cheap Rangers Jerseys China . Now that hes hitting streaking teammates with pin-point passes for easy layups, Love is asserting himself as one of the true superstars in the league. Cheap Nolan Ryan Jersey . But what about the officials? Every sport has officials and they also have stories about hard work and sacrifice but their accomplishments are seldom recognized by anyone outside their inner circle. http://www.cheaptexasrangersjerseys.com/ . Woodson said during a radio interview Thursday that the Knicks Carmelo Anthony doesnt get the same calls as other superstars. MELBOURNE, Australia -- Denmarks Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen launched an astonishing subpar blitz on Friday to power into the lead after the second round of the World Cup of Golf.Astonishing because the 12-under-par 60 was crafted in southwesterly winds that were even stronger than the opening day at Kingston Heath.The Danes took turns to chip in for eagle in a brilliant front nine of 29, 6 under par, as they combined superbly in the best-ball format. They reeled off five consecutive birdies on the homeward nine before Kjeldsen holed another birdie putt on the 18th green to put the stamp on the sensational round.Denmarks taming of the wind-swept 6,503-meter (7,111-yard) layout handed them a 3-stroke lead ahead of China, with Spain one further back at the halfway mark of the tournament.Olesen said an eagle and a round of 59 was on his mind when he bombed a 369-meter drive down the 418-meter final hole. And yet it was Kjeldsens touch on the fast green that delivered the last birdie.Im like a train, I arrive on time. Hes the flashy one with an amazing game, Kjeldsen said.This is my favorite type of golf. Youve got to control the ball and look at the angles. You dont just get up and whack it, youve got to think your way around.United States pair Ricky Fowler and Jimmy Walker shot a 5-under 67 to be in a four-nation tie for fourth, five shots behind the Danes heading into Saturdays foursomes.The American pair underlined the teamwork required in the four-ball -- the best score counts for each hole -- with vastly contrasting efforts at the par-4 eighth into the face of the strong wind.Walkers tee shot found a fairway bunker, he barely advanced the ball buried in long grass and promptly picked it up after the fourth shot scurried across the green. He had the luxury of standing back and applauding when Fowlers 15-meter birdie putt disappeared into the cup to pick up another shot for the team.A measure of the quality of the players were the clutch of low scores in such coold and blustery conditions -- a 60, two 64s, four 65s and seven 66s in the 28-nations field. Cheap Rangers Jerseys. ew Zealand and the Netherlands, the third group on to the course, went birdie for birdie in a low-scoring shootout, each team posting eight-under 64s to be 5-under for the tournament and in contention for the weekend.The Dutch strategy was typical of most teams; the less experienced Darius Van Driel teeing off first to put the ball safely in play, allowing Joost Luiten to bomb his drives to try to set up shorter approach shots to the quickening greens.That worked out really well. Darius hit great off the tee all day, so we didnt really get into any trouble. After that, we just tried to find the green and hole the putt and we did that pretty good today, Luiten said.New Zealands Ryan Fox and Danny Lee snared 10 birdies against two bogeys as all players in the group fed off each other in the four-pronged attack. Joost looked like he was going to hole everything he looked at. It was a fun day all round, Fox said.Host nation Australias representatives Adam Scott and Marc Leishman must go low in Saturdays foursomes to get close enough to the lead to challenge for the win on Sunday. The pair shared six birdies, but gave two shots back mid-round, for their 68 to be 2-under and 10 strokes off the pace.Our best stuff needs to be on the weekend now, Scott said. You never know, its a tough format. Doesnt mean the leaders are going to play any good over the weekend, so, hopefully, we can close the gap.Scots Russell Knox and Duncan Stewart, embarrassed to sit bottom of the leaderboard after an 8-over 78 on the opening day, set about restoring temporarily tarnished reputations. Out in the first group, they grabbed an early birdie before Stewart eagled the par-5 eighth hole. And three birdies on the back nine produced a 7-under 65; a 13-shot improvement. ' ' ' 

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