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Mets Vs. Nationals Final Score: New York Falls, 5-2

The New York Mets lost to the Washington Nationals, 5-2, on Sunday at Nationals Park. The game's start was pushed back for two hours and 26 minutes by a rain delay. The Mets dropped two out of three games in the three-game set.

The Nationals got on the scoreboard first in the second inning on a two-run shot by Danny Espinosa. Bryce Harper tripled in the third inning and drove in Washington's third run. Ryan Zimmerman's RBI single in the third inning pushed the lead to 4-0. Harper got the Nationals' lead to 5-0 with a solo home run in the fifth inning. The Mets couldn't manage a response until a Jason Bay groundout scored Ike Davis in the sixth inning. New acquisition Kelly Shoppach plated a run with an RBI single in the eighth for New York but the Mets couldn't complete the comeback attempt. Shoppach finished 2-for-3 with a walk and the RBI at the plate.

Jeremy Hefner got the start for the Mets and went five innings, giving up five earned runs on eight hits (two homers) in the loss. Gio Gonzalez went 5 2/3 innings for the Nationals, giving up seven hits but only one earned run in the victory. Tyler Clippard got the save for Washington for pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

The Mets (57-64) will begin their next series against the Colorado Rockies (46-73) at Citi Field on Monday.

Final - 8.19.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R
New York Mets 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2
Washington Nationals 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 X 5

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