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Gee paces Mets in 1-0 victory over Nats

May 19, 2011 - 11:22 PM Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Dillon Gee had the best outing of his young career on Thursday afternoon, tossing 7 2/3 scoreless innings in the New York Mets' 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals.

Gee (3-0) gave up just two hits to go with three walks and three strikeouts for the Mets, who came into this brief two-game series with zero shutouts on the season. New York changed that on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory in the opener of this set.

Justin Turner drove in the lone run for the Mets, who got three hits from Jason Bay.

Livan Hernandez (3-6) went seven innings in the start for the Nationals, allowing one run on seven hits. He also struck out seven and walked two in defeat.

The Mets scored the lone run of the game in the fourth. Josh Thole and Bay singled to put men on first and second with one out. After Daniel Murphy flied out, Turner hit an RBI base hit to center. Jason Pridie followed with a walk to load the bases, but Ruben Tejada flied out.

Gee's bid for a no-hitter was broken up in the sixth. With two outs, Hernandez singled up the middle.

"It takes a lot of luck to get one of those [no-hitter]," Gee said.

Washington wasted a scoring opportunity in the eighth. Ivan Rodriguez worked a one-out walk and moved to second on Alex Cora's single. Gee was taken out after pinch-hitter Matt Stairs lined out. Tim Byrdak came into the game and got pinch-hitter Mike Morse to ground into a fielder's choice.

The Nats stranded a runner on third in the ninth. Francisco Rodriguez gave up a one-out double to Laynce Nix. Jayson Werth then hit a sharp grounder to third. Turner made a great backhanded stop and threw the ball to first for the second out. Nix went to third on the play, but Rodriguez got Adam LaRoche to ground out for his 14th save.

"We have to do more. We can't have [three] hits and get shut out two days in a row," Nationals manager Jim Riggleman said. "We are better than that. We are going to have to do better than that."

Game Notes

The Mets have won five of their eight matchups with the Nationals this season...Hernandez fell to 13-15 in 39 career starts against the Mets...The Nats went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and stranded five.