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.