Mets gain lead in playoff race, but still trail Phils

The Mets gained a game on the Brewers for the Wild Card Race in the National League, while only trailing the Phillies for the division lead by an easy half game. Taking the final two of a four-game series, the Mets put the Nationals away by means of their ace, Johan Santana’s arm, and an offense that finally backed him up.

Santana, who has not lost in the second half of the season, gave up only one run in his seven innings, as his ERA stands at 2.65. He also helped himself at the plate by knocking a double into the right center field gap.

David Wright’s swing isn’t so pretty right now, especially with his 0-5 night that put his batting average at .293. Delgado and Reyes had doubles, while Beltran had a triple, but the best feeling coming out of this game has to be Brian Schneider’s power numbers as of late. Schneider smashed two homers tonight, along with gunning out a runner at second.

After allowing two hits in a 7-2 game in the ninth, Jerry Manuel took the ball from Scott Schoeneweis and handed it to Pedro Feliciano, who scared us by nearly walking the batter, but got him to ground into a game-ending double play that kept the Mets on the Phillies’ tail.

Tomorrow, the Mets head to Atlanta to play Chipper Jones and Co. in a four-game series before flying home for the last regular season homestand at Shea Stadium. The Cubs have a pretty good chance of clinching their division in their four-game series with the Mets at Shea next week, but could also do it here in the next few days.

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