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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