Sep 11, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey gestures after giving up a two-run homer in the 7th inning to the Washington Nationals batter Tyler Moore (not pictured) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Farrell/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

Mets Vs. Nationals: New York Gets Swept By Washington On Wednesday

The Mets were beaten by the Nats on Wednesday night, once again due to a lack of offense.

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Nationals Vs. Mets: Washington Sweeps Series With 2-0 Win

The Washington Nationals finished off the sweep of the New York Mets on Wednesday night at Citi Field, winning 2-0.

The Mets couldn't generate any threats throughout the game, something that has become a common theme at home. Their only players with multi-hit nights were David Wright, Lucas Duda and Andres Torres who each collected two apiece. All told, New York could only manage eight hits, all singles.

Matt Harvey pitched pretty well, going just five innings but whiffing 10 Nats in the process. The only true blemish on Harvey's evening was a solo home run by Ryan Zimmerman to lead off the fourth inning.

The Nationals got an excellent outing from John Lannan who's filling in for Stephen Strasburg, now that the phenom has been shut down for the remainder of the season.

Lannan threw five and two-thirds innings without yielding a run on five hits and a walk while striking out two.

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Mets Vs. Nationals Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

The New York Mets will try to avoid being swept by the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night when they go up against Stephen Strasburg's replacement. John Lannan (2-0, 3.46 ERA) will be starting for the Nationals in place of Strasburg, who was finally shut down for the season after his last start. The Mets will attempt to avoid the sweep and break their five-game losing streak with rookie Matt Harvey (3-4, 3.04) on the mound.

Harvey is supposedly on a 165-170 inning limit of his own and with 157 1/3 innings in the books, he is nearing that threshold. Harvey has yet to face the Nationals in his career.

The Mets have scored fewer than four runs in their last 12 games at Citi Field; over that stretch they have gone 2-10 at home.

Game Time: 7:10 p.m. EST

Radio: WFAN 660

TV: SNY

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Nationals 5, Mets 3: Washington Clinches Series With Win Against R.A. Dickey

The New York Mets dropped their final series of the season against the Washington Nationals, falling 5-3 on Tuesday night. It's the 13th time in 17 games the Mets have lost to the Nats, as two late-inning rallies by Washington ruined R.A. Dickey's bid to match Gio Gonzalez for a league-leading 19th win.

Dickey gave up a two-run shot to pinch hitter Tyler Moore in the top of the seventh that put the Nats ahead for good. Dickey was cruising through the first six innings and it looked like he might go the distance for the sixth time this season. But Moore's pinch-hit shot, a first-pitch swing and laser into the first row of seats in left, made the seventh Dickey's last inning of the night.

The Nats added two more runs of insurance in the ninth, putting five straight men on base. Frank Francisco put the first four on and was yanked without getting a single out. A Bryce Harper single off Josh Edgin then added the second run of the inning, scoring Kurt Suzuki from third. The Nats rookie finished with the first four-hit game of his career.

The insurance would prove to be vital for Washington, with the Mets Scott Hairston smoking a Tyler Clippard offering to left for a solo homer in the ninth. But Clippard would bear down and convert his 31st save of the season.

The Mets will send rookie Matt Harvey to the mound on Wednesday night to try and avoid the sweep. Washington will counter with John Lannan, who is taking Stephen Strasburg's turn in the rotation with the ace shut down for the season.

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Mets Vs. Nationals Lineups: R.A. Dickey Gets Start Against Division Leaders

The New York Mets might not be in contention anymore, but at least they're a good watch when R.A. Dickey is on the mound and he's facing off against the National League East-leading Washington Nationals.

The knuckleballer is paired up with his usual battery partner Josh Thole, who will hit eighth. Here's how the rest of the team lines up behind him:

1. Ruben Tejada (R) SS
2. Daniel Murphy (L) 2B
3. David Wright (R) 3B
4. Ike Davis (L) 1B
5. Mike Baxter (L) RF
6. Jason Bay (R) LF
7. Andres Torres (S) CF
8. Josh Thole (L) C
9. R.A. Dickey (R) P

Murphy gets the nod to bat second and play second over Ronny Cedeno for a better righty-lefty matchup. Baxter gets the start in right field in lieu of Scott Hairston, and although there's never really a good reason to bat Bay sixth, having a weak-hitting everyday centerfielder, a backup catcher and the pitcher behind him makes it kind of OK (although it should be noted that Dickey has a higher average than Bay).

Here's the Nats' lineup:

1. Jayson Werth (R) RF
2. Bryce Harper (L) CF
3. Ryan Zimmerman (R) 3B
4. Adam LaRoche (L) 1B
5. Michael Morse (R) LF
6. Ian Desmond (R) SS
7. Danny Espinosa (S) 2B
8. Kurt Suzuki (R) C
9. Jordan Zimmermann (R) P

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Mets Vs. Nationals Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

The New York Mets will try to even their series against the division-leading Nationals Tuesday night with R.A. Dickey on the mound. Dickey will be going for his 19th win of the season, which would match Washington's Gio Gonzalez, who moved ahead of the Mets knuckleballer when he shut down New York in the series opener on Monday.

Gonzalez gave up just three hits in six innings, and the Nationals pounded four homers en route to the 5-1 win.

Dickey will try to get the series back to even with his fourth straight win. He has not allowed more than two runs in his last four starts as his incredible season has continued through the dog days and down the stretch. Against the Nationals, the knuckleballer has a 3.05 ERA this season in three starts. Dickey will be opposed by Jordan Zimmermann, who's posted a 1.50 ERA against the Mets this season.

Schedule and broadcast information for Game 2:

TV: SNY

Time: 7:10 p.m. ET

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Mets Vs. Nationals: Gio Gonzalez Dominates As Washington Wins, 5-1

The Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets Monday night, 5-1, led by a slew of home runs from the Washington offense.

The Nationals began their home-run barrage in the third inning with longballs from Kurt Suzuki and Ryan Zimmerman, and they continued in the fourth inning with a two-run home run from Ian Desmond. Mets pitcher Collin McHugh lasted only four innings before being pulled

Other than a solo home run off the bat of Scott Hairston, the Mets were helpless against Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez allowed one run on three hits in six innings of work, and the bullpen continued dominating New York for the last three innings, holding the Mets to only two baserunners.

Gio Gonzalez picks up the win, improving his record to 19-7. Collin McHugh gets the loss and now stands at 0-2.

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Mets Vs. Nationals Update: Washington Leads After 5 Innings, 5-1

The Washington Nationals lead the New York Mets, 5-1, after five innings at Citi Field in New York.

Mets starter Collin McHugh kept the Nationals off the board for two innings before five runs in the third and fourth. The Nationals began their offensive barrage in the third inning behind home runs from Kurt Suzuki (his fifth homer of the year) and Ryan Zimmerman (his 21st) to take a 3-0 lead. They tacked on two more runs in the fourth with an Ian Desmond two-run homer to extend the lead to 5-0.

McHugh exited the game after only four innings.

The Mets slightly chipped away in the bottom of the fourth with a Scott Hairston solo home run, his 16th of the year, but that homer is all the offense the Mets have been able to muster thus far.

The Hairston home run is the only scuff on an otherwise solid start from Washington starter Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez has allowed only one run on three hits in five innings of work.

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Mets Vs. Nationals Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule, Probable Pitchers

The Mets welcome in the NL East leading Nationals for a three-game set starting on Monday.

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