The Mets have won 10 of 13 following a brutal 0-5 start.
Their impressive play continued on Saturday, as Jae Seo pitched six sharp innings after being called up from the minors earlier in the day, and rookie Victor Diaz had his first four-hit game to lead New York to a 10-5 win.
After Kaz Ishii went on the DL Friday night with a strained muscle in his side, the Mets recalled Seo, who had no record and an 8.22 ERA in 15 1-3 innings at Triple-A Norfolk.
Seo responded by allowing one run and six hits over six innings for his first major league win as a starter since June 29. He went 5-10 with a 4.90 ERA for the Mets last season.
“He did a nice job for us. I can’t say enough for him,” Randolph said. “The fact that he’s had some experience—I’m real comfortable with that.”
Diaz went 4-for-4 with a walk, two doubles and three RBIs for the Mets. His previous career high of three hits came on April 6 at Cincinnati.
The Nationals have lost five of six, including a season-high three straight.
“We have to come out here and play our best ballgame tomorrow,” manager Frank Robinson said. “Get ourselves a win and go home and hopefully we can get this straightened out.”