For Gee, selected in the 21st round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, Tuesday's assignment follows a 2009 season during which he was limited to nine Triple-A starts due to a right labrum tear.
Now, with New York ace Johan Santana sidelined because of a pectoral strain, Gee's moment has arrived. In 28 starts with Triple-A Buffalo, he went 13-8 with a 4.96 ERA and racked up a franchise-record 165 strikeouts that led the International League.
"This has been unbelievable, especially to end [the season] here," Gee said. "The main goal was just to go out this year and prove that I'm healthy again and that I can still pitch. I think I proved that."
On Tuesday, Maya can begin to prove why the Nationals signed him to a four-year contract on July 31. In two starts with Triple-A Syracuse, the 29-year-old Cuba native allowed two runs on eight hits and five walks with nine strikeouts across 10 1/3 innings.
Maya pitched for Cuba in the 2006 and '09 editions of the World Baseball Classic, posting a 0.87 ERA over six appearances.
"I'm really happy to be in the big leagues," Maya said. "It's a dream come true."
Mets: Davis shares place among top franchise rookies
First baseman Ike Davis' 17 home runs are tied for the third most by a Mets rookie, behind Darryl Strawberry (26) and Ron Swoboda (19). ... Mets relievers have registered a 3.72 ERA in 19 1/3 innings of work this month. ... New York is batting .247 with runners in scoring position on the road.
Nationals: Offense heating up
Washington has outscored the opposition by a 83-55 margin and hit .363 with runners in scoring position in its past 11 games. ... The Nationals are 11-5-2 in 18 home series dating back to April 23. ... Shortstop Ian Desmond is hitting .346 with 22 runs, 13 doubles, three homers and 22 RBIs in 47 second-half contests.
The Mets own a 59-45 record against the Nationals since the club moved from Montreal to Washington before the 2005 campaign. ... The Expos/Nationals franchise, 8-5 versus New York in 2010, last won a season series from the Mets in 2003. ... Washington has won nine of its past 12 home games opposite New York after dropping 30 of the teams' previous 39 meetings in D.C.
Tue, 9/7 7:05 PM ET
Nothing but a Gee thing for Mets against Nats
Dillon Gee took a no-hitter into the sixth, before allowing one run on two hits in his big league debut, and Ike Davis hit a three-run homer as the Mets beat the Nats. Yunesky Maya allowed four runs in his Majors debut.
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|Davis, I, 1B||3||1||2||3||1||1||0||.258|
|Feliciano, J, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Blanco, H, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.228|
|Tejada, R, SS||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.192|
|Dunn, A, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.268|
|c-Gonzalez, Ab, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.286|
|d-Rodriguez, I, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.270|
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|b-Maxwell, J, PH-RF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.133|
2B: Tejada, R (6, Maya).
HR: Davis, I (18, 1st inning off Maya, 2 on, 1 out).
TB: Hernandez, L; Beltran; Davis, I 5; Tejada, R 2; Gee.
RBI: Davis, I 3 (64), Gee (1).
GIDP: Duda; Hessman.
Team RISP: 2-for-2.
Team LOB: 2.
DP: (Tejada, R-Hernandez, L-Davis, I).
HR: Harris (8, 6th inning off Gee, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Zimmerman; Gonzalez, Ab; Mench; Harris 4.
RBI: Harris (29).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morgan.
GIDP: Rodriguez, I.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 5.
DP: 2 (Zimmerman-Espinosa-Dunn, A, Espinosa-Desmond-Dunn, A).
Pitches-strikes: Gee 86-53, Feliciano 12-7, Parnell 4-3, Takahashi 19-13, Maya 87-58, Detwiler 24-14, Balester 26-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Gee 11-5, Feliciano 1-0, Parnell 1-0, Takahashi 1-0, Maya 4-4, Detwiler 2-1, Balester 3-0.
Batters faced: Gee 26, Feliciano 2, Parnell 1, Takahashi 4, Maya 21, Detwiler 6, Balester 6.
Umpires: HP: Jim Reynolds. 1B: Bill Welke. 2B: Mike DiMuro. 3B: Tim Welke.
Weather: 88 degrees, clear.
Wind: 15 mph, R to L.
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media