Mets Vs. Nationals: R.A. Dickey Dazzles Nats As New York Salvages Series Finale, 3-1

The knuckleballer pitched 7.1 scoreless innings in Thursday afternoon's matinee.

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Mets Vs. Nationals: Another Sweep Bid Fails As Mets Win, 3-1

The Washington Nationals once again failed to complete a series sweep as they fell to the New York Mets, 3-1 Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park.

New York knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was the story as he pitched 7.1 shutout innings and allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out eight. Chien-Ming Wang had a comparatively rough outing for the Nationals, allowing eight hits and three walks while striking out just one batter over his 5.1 innings of work.

The game was scoreless until the top of the 5th inning, when Lucas Duda's two-run home run into the first row of the right-centerfield bleachers gave the Mets a 2-0 lead. New York added a run in the 7th inning when Daniel Murphy's single scored David Wright.

Ryan Zimmerman provided the final margin in the ninth with a solo home run to left-center field, his third of the season.

The Nationals resume interleague play this weekend with a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox.

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Nationals Vs. Mets Lineup: Jhonatan Solano Starts At Catcher As Washington Looks For Sweep

The Washington Nationals are looking for a sweep in their series against the New York Mets on Thursday afternoon. The one major change in the lineup for the Nationals is Jhonatan Solano starting at catcher on Thursday. Manager Davey Johnson has left the 1-7 spots in the lineup the same for the afternoon game with pitcher Chien-Ming Wang starting for Washington.

Solano has only played in two games this season, May 29 and 30 against the Miami Marlins. He has gone 1-for-4 at the plate in his brief stint in the Major League.

The game is set for a 1:05 p.m. first pitch with a national television broadcast on MLB Network with local coverage on MASN. Radio coverage will be provided by 106.7 The Fan FM, 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WFHS AM.

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Mets Vs. Nationals: Washington Looks To Close Out Series Sweep

With back-to-back wins over the New York Mets, the Washington Nationals have created a little bit of breathing room for themselves at the top of the National League East standings. They'll hope to notch another victory this afternoon as they wrap up a three-game set with the Mets.

It won't be easy, though, as they're up against R.A. Dickey (8-1, 2.69 ERA), who can become MLB's first nine-game winner with a victory. Chien-Ming Wang (1-1, 6.43), the one Nationals starter who really hasn't been able to get on track this year, will take the mound for the hosts.

At 32-22, Washington is two games clear of the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves atop the NL East. The Mets are two-and-a-half games back at 31-26.

The game is scheduled for 1:05 p.m., and it will be televised on MASN.

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Mets Vs. Nationals Final Score: Washington Hangs On To Win 5-3

The Washington Nationals jumped out on the New York Mets early, picking up three runs in the bottom of the first inning on an Adam LaRoche three-run home run. The Mets began to whittle away the lead however, picking up runs in the top of the third and fourth innings on Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda RBI.

The Nats added some insurance later in the game however on a Michael Morse single and an Adam LaRoche sacrifice fly. Edwin Jackson had a solid outing for the Nats, eating up seven innings and striking out six batters, but the Mets late rally couldn't get past the Nats bullpen as Washington hangs on to win 5-3.

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Mets Vs. Nationals Score Update: Adam LaRoche Opens Up With 3-Run Blast, Nats Lead 3-0

The Washington Nationals are trying to make it two wins in a row over the New York Mets and keep pace in the NL East. Edwin Jackson made quick work of the Mets batters in the first inning, giving up no hits. The Nats took to the plate in the bottom of the first inning and opened up on the scoreboard.

Bryce Harper made it to second base thanks to an error, putting him in scoring position. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman came to the plate next and walked, putting two men on the basses. Adam LaRoche came up to the plate next in his clean up spot, and did just that. LaRoche crushed a home run to right field, giving the Nationals the early 3-0 lead over the Mets.

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Mets Vs. Nationals: Davey Johnson Sticks With Same Line-Up As Edwin Jackson Starts

Nationals manager Davey Johnson has inked in his lineup for the second game of Washington's three-game series against the New York Mets. It is as follows.

Johnson keeps the same 1-through-8 lineup that started Tuesday night's 7-6, 12-inning win over New York. With the win, the Nats pulled one game ahead of the Miami Marlins, who lost 11-0 to the Atlanta Braves Tuesday, and 1.5 games ahead of the Mets.

First pitch tonight is at 7:05. The game will air on MASN2 and MASN2HD (You can find where MASN2 is on your cable or satellite system by clicking here.), and can be heard on the radio at 106.7 The Fan, Federal News Radio 1500, and WHFS-AM 1580.

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Mets Vs. Nationals Recap: Washington Comes Back 3 Times, Wins It With Bryce Harper Walk-Off Single

The Washington Nationals opened their series with the New York Mets on Tuesday night with a thrilling 7-6 extra innings win. The first seven innings were played in under two hours but the Nats bullpen would give away the lead in the eighth, setting up three separate comebacks by Washington in a game that went well over four hours.

Bryce Harper opened the scoring in the bottom of the third by ripping a single to left that scored Danny Espinosa. Ryan Zimmerman pushed the lead to two when he knocked in Jordan Zimmermann with another single off Mets' starter Chris Young. But after the single, the Mets threw the ball all over the infield and Stephen Lombardozzi came home to make it 3-0. Zimmerman ended up on third and Omar Quintanilla was credited with the error.

Jordan Zimmermann had a solid outing for Davey Johnson, allowing just two solo shots in six innings of work. With the 3-0 lead, New York got back in it with Jordany Valdespin and David Wright homers. Valdespin hit in the pitcher's spot and took Zimmermann deep to right. But those two homers in the sixth inning closed the books on the Nats starter, who finished the game with five strikeouts and no walks.

The bullpen, however, could not hold the one-run lead for Zimmermann. The Mets scored two in the top of the eighth to take a 4-3 lead. After Valdespin ripped a double off Sean Burnett, Davey Johnson went to Craig Stammen. But he did not have it, issuing a walk to pinch-hitting Scott Hairston. With runners on first and second, Andres Torres smoked a double off Stammen that brought home both runs.

The Nats were undeterred and made their first of three comebacks on the evening. Ryan Zimmerman came back to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single to right. After he was moved over to second on a groundout, Ian Desmond came through again with a big hit to drive in Zim.

New York would retake the lead yet again in the 10th, with Hairston manufacturing a run off Henry Rodriguez. He led off the inning with a single, promptly stole second, and then moved to third on a groundout. The wild Rodriguez crossed up his catcher Jesus Flores and sent one to the backstop. The Mets led again by one.

But Washington would come right back, taking advantage of some comical Mets' defense. The shortstop Valdespin committed two errors, which evened things at 5-5. The first error allowed Zimmerman to reach base. He was moved to second on groundout and advanced to third on a wild pitch. The second booted ball at shortstop allowed the run to come home. But with the winning run on second, the Nats could not walk it off. Danny Espinosa struck out with Morse on second and then with the bases loaded, Rick Ankiel squandered a 3-0 count an K'ed to end the inning.

After the Mets took their third lead of the game again in the 12th, the Nats would stage their final comeback but this time capitalize on the bases-loaded situation and end it with a walk-off. It was Hairston again who did the damage in the top of the inning for New York, taking emergency reliever Ross Detwiler deep to left. But the heart of the Nats' order responded. Michael Morse and Ian Desmond hit back-to-back doubles off Elvin Ramirez to immediately even it at 6-6 with nobody out. Ramirez then issued two walks to load the bases, but it appeared the Mets may get out of the jam for the second time in extra innings. In strode Bryce Harper, who opened the scoring four hours earlier, for a two-out game winning single. Video of the walk-off winner below:

After the interminable affair, the Nats will now come back on Wednesday night and try to take the series with Edwin Jackson on the hill.

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Nationals Vs. Mets Lineup: Struggling Ryan Zimmerman in Third Spot As Nats Host Mets

The Washington Nationals open up a three game series with the New York Mets at Nationals Park on Tuesday night. The lineup has a great anchor with third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, first baseman Adam LaRoche and right fielder Michael Morse, making only his third start of the season.

Pitcher Jordan Zimmermann will take the hill for the Nationals to try and rebound from Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Braves. The hope is that Ryan Zimmerman can break out of his current slump. He has not yet been dropped down in the batting order, but that could come soon if he can't break out of the slump.

The rest of the Nationals' lineup is as follows.

The game is scheduled for a first pitch at 7:05 p.m. Television coverage will be provided by MASN 2 with radio coverage on 106.7 the Fan FM, 1500 WFED AM and 1580 WFHS AM.

For more Nationals coverage and conversation, visit Federal Baseball, SB Nation's Nats blog. For the Mets perspective, check out Amazin' Avenue. Still not enough baseball for you? Head on over to SB Nation's MLB Hub Page, Baseball Nation, for all the latest news from all 30 MLB teams.

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Mets Vs. Nationals: Washington Plays Host To Surprising Mets

The Nationals will look to hold on to first as the third-place Mets are within striking distance.

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