WASHINGTON -- The Mets' Daniel Murphy sat on the bench for eight innings Wednesday, watching his teammates struggle to generate offense against the Nationals.
Jose Reyes appeared to give his team a spark with a one-out triple in the eighth, but third-base umpire Marvin Hudson ruled he came off the bag during his slide and called him out. Replays, however, showed Reyes never left the base.
Murphy responded with a game-tying, pinch-hit home run on the next at-bat, and the Mets again had life.
New York's bullpen has been solid during its five-game winning streak, but Pedro Beato allowed the tying run in the bottom half of the inning.
However, the Mets answered again by scoring four more runs in the ninth, including a two-run double by Murphy, to escape with an inspiring 6-3 victory.
"I was not trying to hit a homer, I was trying to hit a double," Murphy said about his pinch-hit at-bat. "It was a good win, but they're all good. We're trying to get to 100 [victories], and we're a step closer."
With the victory, the Mets jumped ahead of the Nationals into fourth place in the National League East standings. Despite giving up the lead run, Beato still got his first win. Sean Burnett (0-1) took the loss for Washington.
Mets manager Terry Collins was hoping starter R.A. Dickey could provide seven or eight innings Wednesday against the Nationals to help keep the bullpen fresh in the midst of a six-game road trip. Dickey delivered, allowing just two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and one walk in 6 2/3 innings.
"Any time you're down and you fight your way back in it, it's good for morale," Dickey said. "We got some guys who are real hungry to bring what they bring every game, so that's good. Any time I can pitch and my team wins, it's a great feeling."
|"I know there's fight in this team. You can't keep getting kicked for two years and not have some anger. Hopefully, games like tonight bring that out. We're not going to give up. We're going to play 27 outs."|
|-- Mets manager Terry Collins|
The Mets had averaged 6.6 runs over the past five games, but they could not generate much offense against Washington starter Tom Gorzelanny, who allowed just one run on five hits over 6 1/3 innings. He also struck out four and walked just one batter.
The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the third with some fundamentally sound hitting. Mike Nickeas led off with a single, moved to second on a bunt by Dickey and then scored on another single by Justin Turner.
Dickey kept Washington off-balance early with his 70-mph knuckleball. However, the Nationals tied the game in the fourth when Jayson Werth scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Michael Morse.
Washington then used the Mets' blueprint to take a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Alex Cora singled, moved to second on Gorzelanny's bunt and then scored on a double by Rick Ankiel.
Jason Bay singled in the second and now has hit safely in all six games since coming off the disabled list April 21. Ike Davis extended his hitting streak to nine games when he was given a hit on a line drive to right field that was initially ruled an error on Werth.
After Reyes was called out on the disputed call, Murphy responded with his pinch-hit homer.
In the bottom half of the eighth, the Nationals' Adam LaRoche doubled off Beato and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Brian Bixler entered as a pinch-runner and scored on Wilson Ramos' sacrifice fly to center.
"It's a game of inches sometimes," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "We got some breaks tonight, too. It looked like maybe a couple of breaks would finally go our way ... but it turned back the other way."
The Mets loaded the bases in the ninth on Bay's infield single, Davis' second hit of the game and a bunt hit by Willie Harris. A sacrifice fly by Chin-lung Hu scored Bay, and an RBI groundout by Josh Thole scored Davis for the go-ahead run. Murphy then doubled home two insurance runs.
"I know there's fight in this team," Collins said. "You can't keep getting kicked for two years and not have some anger. Hopefully, games like tonight bring that out. We're not going to give up. We're going to play 27 outs."
Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.