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By Gary W. Marchese Jr.
Washington D.C. (Sept 3) – The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals by the score of 7-3 on Friday night. R.A. Dickey made the start, gave the Mets a quality start, and picked up the win. The offense gave him plenty of support. Lucas Duda, David Wright and Nick Evans all had big games to lead the offense.
Dickey pitched six innings giving up nine hits and three runs, no walks and struck out one. Dickey improved to 7-11 on the season. Tim Byrdak struck out both batters that he faced, Ryota Igarashi gave up a hit and struck out one in 1/3 of an inning, Josh Stinson pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up two hits, and he struck out two. Daniel Ray Herrera pitched 1/3 of an inning striking out the only batter that he faced.
Jose Reyes had a hit, Justin Turner had a hit and Duda had two hits and an RBI. Wright had two hits, three RBI, a walk, Angel Pagan had a hit, and two RBI and Evans had two hits and an RBI. Stinson had a walk. Wright had a double and a homerun. Evans and Duda each had a homerun. The Mets were 2-6 with runners in scoring position and they left four men on base.
Wright hit a three run homerun in the first inning to give the Mets a 3-0 lead. In the bottom of the first the Nationals got a run back on a Michael Morse RBI single. In the second inning Evans hit a solo homerun to give the Mets a 4-1 lead. Pagan hit a two run single in the third inning to give the Mets a 6-1 lead. In the fifth inning, Rick Ankiel hit a two run homerun to make it a 6-3 lead for the Mets. In the seventh Duda hit a solo homerun to give the Mets a 7-3 lead which would complete the scoring.
Wright came into the game on fire hitting 478 in his last seven games; he continued that right away in this game. The Mets have won three straight games and seven of their last eight. The Mets are now two games under 500. Dickey won his second straight start. Stinson made his major league debut for the Mets.
The Mets won the first of three in this weekend series in Washington. The Mets will play game two of the series on Saturday night at 7:05PM.