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(Thursday, July 19th)
Final Score: New York 9, Washington 5
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.
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.
07/19 18:50:44 ET
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