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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Recap: Game 97 - Nationals at Mets - Mets Don't Lose a Beat, Lose Game 5-2

Citi Field (Flushing, NY)

Washington (57-39) «0001040005111
N.Y. Mets (47-50)010000010231

W: G. Gonzalez (13-5) L: R. Dickey (13-2)
S: T. Clippard (17)
HR: WAS - A. LaRoche (17)   NYM - J. Valdespin (7)

Adam LaRoche hit a two-run home run and R.A. Dickey lost a game for the first time in over three months as the Washington Nationals took a 5-2 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field.

Dickey (13-2) came into the game having not lost since April 18 at Atlanta, but he gave up five runs -- four earned -- on eight hits over six innings to drop just his second game of the season. He went 11-0 in his 17 games prior to Tuesday.

"There were a lot of things I did right tonight that I've got to be able to take, discard what went wrong and build on what went right," Dickey said. "I'm going to try to do that."

Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with a run scored while Danny Espinosa and Jesus Flores each drove in a run for the Nationals, who have won four straight.

Gio Gonzalez (13-5) snapped a two-start losing streak thanks to a one-run, two-hit outing that also saw him walk two and strike out four over seven innings.

"We're sensing a good vibe," Gonzalez said. "Everyone here is trying to stay positive, swing the bat, defense, catching, bullpen. Everyone is just trying to do their part. Nobody wants to be left behind, especially when the team is taking off like this."

Ronny Cedeno drove in a run while Jordany Valdespin hit his fifth pinch-hit home run of the season for the struggling Mets, who have dropped five straight and 11 of their last 12.

New York's lone win during this skid came on July 19 when Dickey beat Gonzalez in a 9-5 victory in Washington.

The Mets took the first lead of the game in the second inning. Scott Hairston reached base on an error by Espinosa and stole second when Jason Bay struck out for the second out of the inning. Cedeno then punched a single to right and was tagged out at second trying to stretch it into a double, but not before Hairston crossed the plate for a 1-0 lead.

Washington tied the game in the fourth. Zimmerman doubled to lead off the frame and, after Michael Morse popped out, moved to third on a LaRoche groundout. Espinosa then singled to left to make it a 1-1 game.

The Nationals took the lead for good in the sixth. With two outs, Morse singled and LaRoche followed with his 17th home run of the year. Espinosa then singled and Roger Bernadina followed with a slow roller down the first base line that saw him avoid the tag of Ike Davis. Flores then singled to left and Bay's throw to home got by Mike Nickeas, allowing both runners to score for a 5-1 lead.

After the second, the Mets didn't get another hit until Davis singled with two outs in the seventh, but Valdespin continued his pinch-hit magic in the eighth with a leadoff home run off Ryan Mattheus.

Sean Burnett then took over on the hill and set the next three batters down in order.

Tyler Clippard set the Mets down quietly in the ninth for his 17th save of the season.

Game Notes

Valdespin set a Mets record for pinch-hit homers in a single season. The MLB record is seven, set by Dave Hansen with the Dodgers in 2000 and Craig Wilson with the Pirates in 2001...The Nats have taken eight of 11 from the Mets this season...Washington will go for the sweep on Wednesday with Stephen Strasburg on the mound, while the Mets will counter with Jeremy Hefner.

Box Score:

Steve Lombardozzi 2B500000002.263
Bryce Harper RF400000013.268
Ryan Zimmerman 3B513010000.277
Michael Morse LF411000000.296
Adam LaRoche 1B312200110.258
Danny Espinosa SS412110002.252
Roger Bernadina CF412000001.295
Jesus Flores C401100002.228
Gio Gonzalez P300000000.086
  Tyler Moore PH100000001.292
  Ryan Mattheus P000000000.000
  Sean Burnett P000000000.000
  Tyler Clippard P000000000.000
Andres Torres CF300000010.218
  Josh Thole C000000000.274
Daniel Murphy 2B300000000.306
  Manny Acosta P000000000.000
  Josh Edgin P000000000.000
  Ruben Tejada PH100000000.316
  Ramon Ramirez P000000000.000
David Wright 3B400000001.344
Scott Hairston RF410000001.250
Ike Davis 1B401000001.208
Jason Bay LF200000011.182
Ronny Cedeno SS301100001.265
Mike Nickeas C200000001.168
  Jordany Valdespin PH-CF111100100.293
R.A. Dickey P100000000.171
  Justin Turner PH-2B200000000.280

E_D.Espinosa, J.Bay. LOB_Washington 7, NY Mets 3. 2B_R.Zimmerman, D.Espinosa. HR_A.LaRoche (17) off R.Dickey, J.Valdespin (7) off R.Mattheus. SB_S.Hairston (5). CS_B.Harper.

Gio Gonzalez (W 13-5)7.021024087-533.13
Ryan Mattheus0.01110014-22.34
Sean Burnett (H 21)1.000000017-122.15
Tyler Clippard (S 17)1.000002012-93.05
R.A. Dickey (L 13-2)6.085417195-722.97
Manny Acosta1.010000012-911.35
Josh Edgin1.020003016-143.86
Ramon Ramirez1.000011015-74.46

R.Mattheus pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

T_2:33. A_36236.
Umpires_Home,David Rackley; First, Jim Wolf; Second, Derryl Cousins; Third, Alan Porter.

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