Thole, Mets win 5th straight, top Nationals 6-4

Josh Thole had three RBIs, including a two-run double that put the Mets ahead run in the sixth inning, and New York ran its winning streak to five games Tuesday night with a 6-4 win over the Washington Nationals.

Thole's double to the corner was just beyond the reach of left fielder Michael Morse and brought home Jason Bay and Ike Davis, breaking a 3-3 tie. The hit came off lefty Doug Slaten, who entered to face Thole.

Ryota Igarashi (1-0) struck out Jayson Werth to end the fifth inning. Starter Chris Young lasted 4 2-3 innings, allowing three runs and four hits in his first start since returning from the disabled list with tendinitis in his right biceps.

Jordan Zimmermann (1-4) allowed five runs and nine hits over 5 1-3 innings.

The Mets, opening a six-game road trip, moved within three games of .500 as they continue to recover from a dreadful start to the season.

Igarashi, Taylor Buchholz and Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez allowed only one run over 4 1-3 innings. Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

Zimmermann kept the Nationals the only team to have its starters go at least five innings in every game — but the sixth did him in. He gave up back-to-back singles to Bay and Davis before leaving the game, setting the table for Thole.

Davis finished with three hits, and is 13 for 28 during an eight-game hitting streak.

The Nationals, opening a seven-game homestand, have lost five of six. They've been struggling at the plate, and three of their runs came off solo homers. Wilson Ramos hit a pair — the first multihomer game of his career — and Werth hit his fourth of the season.

But Werth was also struck out by reliever Igarashi with men on second and third with two outs in the fifth. Ramos kept producing, moving the Nationals within a run with a two-out RBI single in the eighth that scored Rick Ankiel, but the Mets picked up a run in the ninth on an RBI groundout to restore the two-run lead.

The Mets took a 2-0 lead in the second on an RBI groundout by Thole and a safety squeeze RBI by Young. Carlos Beltran hit an RBI double in the third.

Notes: The Nationals placed SS Ian Desmond on the paternity leave list and recalled OF Roger Bernadina from Triple-A Syracuse. Desmond's wife, Chelsey, gave birth Tuesday to the couple's first son, Grayson Wesley Desmond. Manager Jim Riggleman says he expects Desmond to miss two games. ... Washington 3B Ryan Zimmerman, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle, is playing catch and doing some running. Riggleman said Zimmerman will probably have a rehabilitation assignment before returning to the big league club. ... Before the game, the Mets visited wounded soldiers at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center.