Lopez Slams Nats Past Mets

Washington 2B notches 6RBI, 1st HR in leadoff role
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 24, 2008 10:58 PM CDT
New York Mets starting pitcher Oliver Perez throws against the Washington Nationals during the first inning.   (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
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(Newser) – Felipe Lopez is in the lineup again—and hitting again. Lopez's grand slam and two-run single gave him a career-high-tying six RBIs and led Washington past the New York Mets 10-5 on Thursday night, the Nationals' fourth victory in their past 20 games. The Nationals fell behind 3-0 through four innings against Mets starter Oliver Perez.

But Washington's weak offense—3.5 runs per game and a major league-low .227 batting average coming in—broke out for three runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and three in the seventh. And Lopez led the way, twice coming through with the bases loaded. He singled off Perez in the fifth and homered in the sixth.