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El Duque strikes out eight
Nationals 3, Mets 2
Orlando Hernandez threw 66 of 109 pitches for strikes. (Julie Jacobson/AP)
 Ledee's pinch-hit homer
Hoping to earn a spot in the postseason rotation, veteran Orlando Hernandez held the Nationals to three runs on six hits in seven innings, while notching eight strikeouts. Endy Chavez had three hits and drove in a run, and Ricky Ledee homered, his second since joining the Mets.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: September 22, 2006
WSH
Washington (67-86)
Won 1
Washington 3, NY Mets 2   NYM
NY Mets (92-61)
Lost 3
September 22, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Washington
0 0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0   3 7 0
NY Mets
0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0   2 9 1
Standings thru 9/22/06  |  Gameday  |  Nationals Stats  |  Mets Stats
WashingtonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Soriano, LF4110010.283
Lopez, SS5111001.272
Zimmerman, 3B4011011.282
Johnson, 1B4010022.292
Kearns, RF2111101.266
Vidro, 2B3010102.287
Schneider, C4000004.249
Logan, CF4010024.297
Astacio, P3000021.208
  Rivera, P0000000.000
  Rauch, P0000000.000
  a-Castro, PH1000000.234
  Cordero, P0000000.000
Totals343732816 

a-Popped out for Rauch in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Johnson (46, Hernandez, O), Soriano (40, Hernandez, O), Vidro (24, Mota).
HR: Kearns (24, 6th inning off Hernandez, O, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Soriano 2; Lopez; Zimmerman; Johnson 2; Kearns 4; Vidro 2; Logan.
RBI: Lopez (50), Zimmerman (100), Kearns (85).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Logan 3; Vidro; Johnson.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Lopez (40, 2nd base off Hernandez, O/DiFelice), Soriano (41, 2nd base off Hernandez, O/DiFelice).

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Astacio-Zimmerman-Johnson, Johnson-Lopez).

 
NY MetsABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chavez, CF5031000.317
Valentin, 2B4000014.270
Delgado, 1B3000113.265
Wright, 3B4010012.307
Floyd, LF4020011.241
Green, RF4010002.275
Woodward, SS4110013.210
DiFelice, C0000200.080
  a-Tucker, PH1000010.224
  Stinnett, C0000000.213
  c-Reyes, PH1000000.297
Hernandez, O, P1000003.182
  b-Ledee, PH1111000.198
  Mota, P0000000.000
  Heilman, P0000000.000
  d-Franco, PH1000000.261
Totals332923618 

a-Struck out for DiFelice in the 7th. b-Homered for Hernandez, O in the 7th. c-Flied out for Stinnett in the 9th. d-Grounded out for Heilman in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Woodward (9, Astacio).
HR: Ledee (2, 7th inning off Astacio, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Chavez 3; Wright; Floyd 2; Green; Woodward 2; Ledee 4.
RBI: Chavez (40), Ledee (9).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hernandez, O 2; Delgado 2; Wright.
S: Hernandez, O.
GIDP: Delgado; Green.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Chavez (11, 2nd base off Rivera/Schneider).

FIELDING
E: DiFelice (2, throw).

 
WashingtonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Astacio (W, 5-5)6.19222416.12
Rivera (H, 7)0.20001103.83
Rauch (H, 17)1.00000103.44
Cordero (S, 28)1.00000003.12
 
NY MetsIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hernandez, O (L, 10-11)7.06331814.81
Mota 1.01001004.67
Heilman 1.00000003.64

IBB: Delgado (by Rivera).
HBP: Soriano (by Hernandez, O), Kearns (by Hernandez, O).
Pitches-strikes: Astacio 105-62, Rivera 12-6, Rauch 14-9, Cordero 12-9, Hernandez, O 109-66, Mota 20-10, Heilman 13-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Astacio 10-5, Rivera 1-0, Rauch 0-2, Cordero 2-1, Hernandez, O 5-8, Mota 3-0, Heilman 1-2.
Batters faced: Astacio 28, Rivera 3, Rauch 3, Cordero 3, Hernandez, O 30, Mota 5, Heilman 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Rivera 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Fieldin Culbreth. 1B: Bill Welke. 2B: Marty Foster. 3B: Tim McClelland.
Weather: 64 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 14 mph, R to L.
T: 2:51.
Att: 42,788.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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