Nationals Outlast Mets 1-0

By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 16, 2008 12:59 AM CDT
New York Mets starter Mike Pelfrey delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Washington Nationals in a baseball game at Shea Stadium in New York yesterday.    (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – Jason Bergmann never got a chance to plead his case to stay in the game after seven shutout innings. No matter. The pinch hitter who replaced him made Bergmann a winner. Willie Harris helped put Washington ahead with a key sacrifice bunt, then saved the slick-fielding Nationals by making a sensational catch in the ninth inning of yesterday's 1-0 victory over the New York Mets.

Washington took three of four in the series by winning an unlikely pitching duel between Bergmann and Mike Pelfrey. Pelfrey (2-4) allowed one run and three hits in 7 2/3 innings, the longest outing of his career. Bergmann (1-1), who came in with an 11.68 ERA, gave up three hits and struck out nine, one shy of his career high.