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                   === Mets rout Nationals behind Wheeler ===
 
 Washington,  DC  (Sports Network)  - Seven  New York Mets  players drove in at
 least  one run as the visitors pounded the Washington Nationals for 17 hits en
 route to an 11-3 victory.
 
 Omar  Quintanilla, Daniel  Murphy, Juan Lagares and Eric Young Jr. had two RBI
 apiece while Ike Davis, Matt den Dekker and Zack Wheeler each drove in one run
 for the Mets, who have won three straight.
 
 Wheeler (7-3) gave up two runs on five hits and a walk over 6 2/3 innings.
 
 "I just tried to get quick outs," Wheeler said.
 
 Jayson  Werth,  Denard Span  and  Ian  Desmond all  drove  in  a run  for  the
 Nationals, who have lost the first two games of this three-game set.
 
 "To  lose  the first two is  definitely tough, but  we have to turn the page,"
 Span said.
 
 Dan  Haren (8-12) struggled through 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs on nine
 hits to suffer his first loss since July 22.
 
 The Mets got  their offense going  in the second.  Travis d'Arnaud and Lagares
 hit back-to-back  one-out singles.  After den Dekker  struck out,  Quintanilla
 ripped a two-out, two-RBI double to center.
 
 An  inning  later, Young  hit a leadoff  single, stole second  and scored on a
 Murphy  single.  Following a single by  Josh Satin, Davis scored Murphy with a
 sacrifice fly to left.
 
 D'Arnaud  and Lagares again  delivered back-to-back singles, but on the latter
 play,  Satin was thrown out  at the plate.  With men on first  and second, den
 Dekker singled to left for his first career RBI.
 
 Haren  was then  replaced by Tanner Roark, who walked Quintanilla and Wheeler,
 allowing  Lagares to score.  He then gave up a two-run single to Young and the
 Mets had an 8-0 advantage.
 
 Washington  finally got on the board in the sixth. Anthony Rendon was hit by a
 pitch,  Span  singled up  the middle and  Bryce Harper was  walked to load the
 bases.  Werth  hit a  sacrifice fly to  left and Desmond  followed with an RBI
 single to left center.
 
 However, New York added three runs in the eighth. Murphy smacked a one-out RBI
 double  deep  to right field.  Later in the  frame, Lagares knocked a two-out,
 two-RBI single to center.
 
 Scott  Atchison pitched the bottom of the ninth for the Mets. He gave up back-
 to-back  infield singles  to Jhonatan Solano and Steve Lombardozzi. Rendon and
 Span both grounded into a fielder's choice, but Span was able to score Solano.
 Atchison  then gave  up a single to pinch-hitter Chad Tracy but retired Harper
 to end the game.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The Mets are 34-34 on the road ... Young is 7-for-18 with five RBI, three runs
 scored  and four stolen  bases over his last four games ... Satin went 3-for-4
 with  a  run scored  ...  D'Arnaud  went 2-for-4  and  scored  twice ...  Span
 is  on  a 14-game  hitting streak  ... The  Mets hit  7-for-15 with runners in
 scoring position while the Nationals finished 1-for-9 with RISP ... New York's
 Jonathon  Niese  is scheduled to  face Washington's Ross Ohlendorf is Sunday's
 series finale.
 
 
 09/01 01:44:25 ET