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Wright helps Mets avoid sweep with win over Nats

Jul 19, 2012 - 10:51 PM Washington, DC (Sports Network) - David Wright hit two home runs and drove in five as the New York Mets pounded the Washington Nationals, 9-5, to salvage the final game of a three-game series at Nationals Park.

Ike Davis added two hits, including a home run, and a pair of RBI while Ruben Tejada knocked in a run and scored twice for the Mets, who snapped a season- high six-game losing streak.

R.A. Dickey (13-1) allowed four runs -- three earned -- on 10 hits and a walk over 7 1/3 innings to become the first 13-game winner in the National League. He struck out five en route to his 11th straight winning decision.

Gio Gonzalez (12-5) also had a chance to record his 13th win, but surrendered a season-high six runs on six hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings.

"We swung the bats good against one of the best pitchers in the game. You have to like that," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "We swung the bats pretty good today and R.A. battled as best he could."

Ryan Zimmerman homered and Michael Morse supplied two RBI for Washington, which had won three of its last four.

The Mets jumped out to a quick lead in their first at-bat when Wright followed Andres Torres' one-out infield single with a blast over the left-center field wall.

Zimmerman answered with a solo shot in the bottom of the first, but New York got that run back in the second on Davis' leadoff homer to center field to make it a 3-1 game.

The Mets added to their lead in the third after loading the bases with no outs on a base hit by Tejada, Torres' ground-rule double and an intentional walk to Wright.

Scott Hairston's double-play grounder to short plated Tejada before Davis followed a Jason Bay walk with an RBI single to left, giving New York a 5-1 edge.

After Washington stranded a man on third in the home third, the Mets continued their onslaught in the fourth.

Gonzalez was replaced by Craig Stammen following Dickey's sacrifice bunt that moved Josh Thole to second base and Tejada greeted the reliever with a run- scoring single to center field.

Torres then worked a walk prior to Wright's three-run home run to center field that handed New York a 9-1 advantage.

"All I was trying to do was just try to help out the team in anyway possible, go out there and give them a couple good innings and try to keep us in there as much as possible," said Gonzalez. "Unfortunately, I couldn't do that job."

Washington collected a run in the sixth on a Morse sacrifice fly and a pair in the eighth on Morse's RBI double and a throwing error by Wright later in the frame that allowed Morse to score from second.

The Nationals would later load the bases with two outs in the eighth, but Bryce Harper flied out to right to end the inning.

Roger Bernadina plated Mark DeRosa with an infield single in the ninth to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

It was Wright's 18th career multi-homer game...The Mets recorded an error in the game to snap a season-high streak of 11 straight games without an error...New York improved to 12-9 when hitting more than one home run in a game this season...Dickey is now 4-4 in 13 career games (11 starts) against the Nationals...Gonzalez fell to 0-1 in two career starts against the Mets.








  • NEW YORK: 9
    WASHINGTON: 5
    Final

    Jul 19 3:39 PM


  • Roger Bernadina singled to second scoring Mark DeRosa. On the play, Ian Desmond advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Sandy Leon due up.

    Mets 9, Nationals 5  Bot 9, 2 OutsJul 19 3:37 PM
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  • Sandy Leon reached first on David Wright's throwing error scoring Michael Morse. Runner on first with two outs and Tyler Moore due up.

    Mets 9, Nationals 4  Bot 8, 2 OutsJul 19 3:09 PM


  • Michael Morse doubled to right center scoring Ian Desmond. Runner on second with none out and Danny Espinosa due up.

    Mets 9, Nationals 3  Bot 8, 0 OutsJul 19 3:01 PM
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  • Michael Morse sacrifice fly out to right scoring Mark DeRosa. None on with two outs and Danny Espinosa due up.

    Mets 9, Nationals 2  Bot 6, 2 OutsJul 19 2:27 PM


  • David Wright one-out, three-run Home Run 2 (14) to center scored Ruben Tejada and Andres Torres. Scott Hairston due up.

    Mets 9, Nationals 1  Top 4, 1 OutJul 19 1:47 PM
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  • Ruben Tejada singled to center scoring Josh Thole. Runner on first with one out and Andres Torres due up.

    Mets 6, Nationals 1  Top 4, 1 OutJul 19 1:43 PM


  • Ike Davis singled to left scoring Andres Torres. On the play, Jason Bay advances to second. Runners on first and second with two outs and Justin Turner due up.

    Mets 5, Nationals 1  Top 3, 2 OutsJul 19 1:23 PM
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  • Scott Hairston grounded into a double play, short to second to first scoring Ruben Tejada. David Wright out at second and Andres Torres advances to third. Runner on third with two outs and Jason Bay due up.

    Mets 4, Nationals 1  Top 3, 2 OutsJul 19 1:19 PM


  • Ike Davis lead-off Home Run (14) to center. Justin Turner due up.

    Mets 3, Nationals 1  Top 2, 0 OutsJul 19 12:58 PM


  • Ryan Zimmerman two-out, solo Home Run (11) to left center. Adam LaRoche due up.

    Mets 2, Nationals 1  Bot 1, 2 OutsJul 19 12:51 PM


  • David Wright one-out, two-run Home Run (13) to left center scored Andres Torres. Scott Hairston due up.

    Mets 2, Nationals 0  Top 1, 1 OutJul 19 12:43 PM


  • NEW YORK: 0
    WASHINGTON: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

    Jul 19 12:38 PM
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