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Washington, DC (Sports Network) - David Wright led a potent Mets attack with four runs driven in, and New York overcame an injury to starter John Maine to hang on and beat the Washington Nationals, 10-7, in the second of two games at Nationals Park.
Rod Barajas added his 10th homer of the season -- a two-run shot -- for the Mets, who finished an eight-game road trip only 2-6. Ike Davis added three hits and three runs scored, while Jeff Francoeur went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored.
John Maine left after only one batter and five pitches due to precautionary reasons and gave way to Raul Valdes (2-1), who threw a career-high five-plus innings, allowing three runs on seven hits and a walk while fanning six.
Willie Harris drove in three runs for the Nationals, who have lost six of seven. Adam Dunn had two hits and scored twice, while Ivan Rodriguez also had a pair of hits.
Luis Atilano (3-1) struggled in the start, giving up seven runs -- six earned -- on nine hits with three walks in just 4 1/3 frames.
The Mets put runners on first and second with one out in the opening frame, and Davis sent a grounder toward first. Dunn fired it over to shortstop Ian Desmond, who inexplicably dropped the ball to load the bases.
Wright made Washington pay for the mistake, driving a three-run double into the right-center field gap for a 3-0 lead.
The Nats got on the board in the second on Roger Bernadina's RBI groundout, but New York struck for five runs in the fifth to expand its advantage.
Jason Bay singled, and Davis followed with a double. Wright lifted a sacrifice fly for a 4-0 lead, and Atilano intentionally walked Angel Pagan before giving up a single to Barajas, loading the bases with one out.
Tyler Walker came on to pitch and yielded a two-run single to Francoeur. Valdes reached on an error to again load the bases, and Jose Reyes reached on an RBI infield single before Alex Cora's sacrifice fly capped the frame with the Mets holding an 8-1 advantage.
Barajas' two-run homer in the sixth added to New York's lead, but Harris' two- run single in the home half kept the margin at seven.
Desmond's RBI single off Jenrry Mejia in the eighth brought the Nats to within six, and Cristian Guzman's pinch-hit run-scoring single off Pedro Feliciano with the bases loaded and two outs later in the frame made it a 10-5 game. Feliciano then walked Ryan Zimmerman, forcing in a run, before getting Dunn to fly out to end the threat.
Francisco Rodriguez allowed Harris' RBI groundout in the ninth to account for the final score.
The Mets return home Friday to face their cross-town rival, the New York Yankees, while Washington hosts Baltimore in an interleague series this weekend...Despite the loss, the Nats lead the season series, 5-3...Wright's last four-RBI game was on April 27 against the Dodgers...The Mets had lost their last six games at Washington.