Replays showed that Reyes was safe, but the Mets responded to the missed call with one of their biggest wins of the season. Daniel Murphy followed that play with a pinch-hit home run to tie the game, and the Mets scored four more times in the ninth for a 6-3 win on Wednesday, extending their streak to six.
"My hand never came off the base," Reyes said. "But you know, we won the game. That's a big win for us. [The disputed call is] in the past. Everybody was really fired up."
Nationals third baseman Jerry Hairston saw the play differently. He thought that Reyes may have come off the bag just long enough to apply the tag.
"I knew Jose can really run, and sometimes you can slide past the bag, and I just wanted to make sure, hold the tag," Hairston said. "And I think he may have come off for a split second, and I just wanted to make sure I held the tag and he called him out."
Murphy said the play didn't provide any extra motivation for him during his at-bat, but it did make him more focused. When asked what he thought about Reyes' reaction to the call, starting pitcher R.A. Dickey called it "justified."
"I saw it happen on TV, which gave me a great vantage point," said Dickey, who was already out of the game and in the training room getting stretched when the play happened.
Mets manager Terry Collins didn't know if the play was a rallying cry for his team. However, Reyes' passion underscores the fire in his ballclub.
"All I know is that these guys wanted to win this game and they played hard," Collins said. "[Hudson] said [Reyes] came off the bag, but obviously from there, he was laying on top of it. He said his hand came off the bag, but his leg was laying on top of it. He didn't see it that way.
"These guys think they can win. They didn't let up after Jose got called out at third base. They hung in there and thought they had a chance. In the eighth and ninth innings, they showed their heart is huge."
Todd Karpovich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less