NEW YORK, NY - JULY 22: David Wright #5 of the New York Mets reacts after striking out during the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at CitiField on July 22, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Mets Vs. Nationals: New York Drops 6th Straight, 5-2, Wednesday

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Nationals 5, Mets 2: Stephen Strasburg Dominate As Washington Sweeps New York

The New York Mets could have used a four-strike count Wednesday, but the end result against Washington Nationals' ace Stephen Strasburg would probably be the same. Strasburg pitched seven brilliant innings, allowing one run, four hits and struck out 11 batters, to help the Nats' earn a 5-2 victory over the Mets, who were swept for the second straight time in less than a week at Citi Field.

Losing pitcher Jeremy Hefner was solid giving up three runs in six innings, but the Mets' offense managed just four hits and struck out a total of 12 times.

Ahead 3-1 in the top of the seventh inning, Washington's Adam LaRoche collected the decisive blow to New York as he belted a towering two-run home run to push the Nats' lead to 5-1.

The Mets tacked on a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, but it was too little, too late as the Nats bullpen buckled down to allow a total of one hit over three innings.

Ike Davis collected his 16th home run of the season in the second inning.

New York will now travel West to take on the Arizona Diamondbacks, who will host the Mets for a four-game series beginning Thursday at 9:40 p.m. ET.


Final - 7.25.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Washington Nationals 0 2 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 5 7 0
New York Mets 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 4 2
WP: Stephen Strasburg (11 - 4)
SV: Tyler Clippard (18)
LP: Jeremy Hefner (1 - 4)

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Mets Vs. Nationals Final Score: New York Loses 5th Straight, 5-2

The New York Mets lost their fifth straight game Tuesday night, 5-2, against the Washington Nationals in the second game of a three-game series at Citi Field. Gio Gonzalez (13-5) out-dueled R.A. Dickey (13-2), giving up just two hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out four. Dickey ended a streak of 11 straight decisions won after giving up five runs, four earned, off eight hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out seven.

The Mets held the lead briefly in the second inning. Ronny Cedeno hit an RBI single scoring Scott Hairston to put New York up 1-0. That lead would last until the fourth inning.

Danny Espinosa tied the game with an RBI double in the fourth. The Nats then took the lead off an Adam LaRoche two-run home run in the sixth inning. A Jesus Flores single scored two runs due to a throwing by Jason Bay that allowed Roger Bernadina to round third to home. By the end of the sixth, Washington held a 5-1 lead.

Jordany Valdespin set a Mets franchise record with his fifth pinch-hit home run of the season in the eighth inning. The solo shot capped the Mets' scoring. Tyler Clippard earned his 17th save on the season after giving up no hits and no walks while striking out two in the ninth.

Game 3 of the series is set for 12:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Jeremy Hefner (1-3, 5.85 ERA) will take on the Nats' Stephen Strasburg (10-4, 2.85).


Final - 7.24.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
Washington Nationals 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 5
New York Mets 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2

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Frank Francisco Injury Update: Oblique Recovery Delayed By Knee Problems

The New York Mets will need to wait a little bit longer for the return of closer Frank Fancisco. According to a report by ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin, Francisco's recovery from an oblique injury has been slowed by an apparent knee problem. Francisco received an anti-inflammatory injection a day after tossing a 40-pitch bullpen session Citi Field.

Francisco, who has been on the 15-day disable list, was schedule to make a rehab appearance with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Monday but was scratched.

Since being out, the Mets have turned to interim closer Bobby Parnell, who already cost New York two games in four saves chances despite having a decent ERA (2.53).

Before going on the DL, Francisco had an ERA of 4.97 and was 18-for-21 in save opportunities.

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Mets (47-49) Vs. Nationals (56-39) Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

Quickly, a postseason berth is getting away from the New York Mets. Losers of four straight, and nine of its last 10, New York will look to put the breaks on a mid-season skid Tuesday (7:10 p.m. ET on SNY) by knocking off the NL East's best team, the Washington Nationals, in Game 2 of a three-game series at Citi Field.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (13-1) will take the mound for the Mets and oppose the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez (12-5). The two faced off just a week ago, and Dickey earned the win while Gonzalez had his worst performance of the season.

Overall, the third-place Mets trail the first-place Nationals by 9 1/2 games in the NL East standings


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Washington Nationals
@ New York Mets

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT
Citi Field

Gio Gonzalez vs R.A. Dickey

Clear. Winds blowing out to right field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 85.

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