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Nationals’ Strasburg Sends Mets to 12th Loss in Last 13 Games

July 25, 2012

The Washington Nationals sent the New York Mets to their 12th loss in 13 games as Stephen Strasburg allowed one run over seven innings in a 5-2 victory.

Strasburg had 11 strikeouts and surrendered four hits, including a second-inning solo home run to Ike Davis, at New York’s Citi Field. Strasburg, who improved to 11-4, had lost three of his previous four decisions.

Michael Morse, Danny Espinosa and Adam LaRoche hit home runs for the Nationals, who swept the three-game series to match the New York Yankees for the best record in Major League Baseball at 58-39. The Yankees play the Seattle Mariners today.

The Mets have lost six straight games for the second time this month to fall to 47-51 and drop 11 1/2 games behind first- place Washington in the National League Eastern Division. They have one win in 12 games since the All-Star break.

Jeremy Hefner was the losing pitcher for the Mets after getting called up from Triple-A Buffalo to replace the injured Johan Santana. Hefner allowed three runs in six innings, including back-to-back homers to Morse and Espinosa in the top of the second inning.

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