Mets Vs. Nationals: Gio Gonzalez Gets Lit Up; New York Wins, 9-5

David Wright homers twice as the Mets salvage the final game of the series.

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Mets Vs. Nationals: No Sweep For Washington; Mets Win, 9-5

David Wright hit two home runs as the New York Mets salvaged the final game of a three-game series and defeated the Washington Nationals, 9-5 Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park.

Washington's loss, coupled with Atlanta's 3-2 win over San Francisco, shaved the Nationals' lead in the NL East to 3.5 games. Washington and Atlanta begin a four-game series at Nationals Park Friday night.

Gio Gonzalez was chased after 3.1 innings. He allowed six runs on six hits and three walks, while striking out only two. Craig Stammen's day in relief of Gonzalez started just as roughly, as he allowed an RBI single to the first batter he faced, Ruben Tejada, which made the score 6-1. Two batters later, David Wright hit his second home run of the afternoon to make the score 9-1.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson pulled Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche, and Bryce Harper in the middle innings, but Washington still scored a run in the sixth, two runs in the eighth, and another in the ninth to make the final score more respectable.

Drew Storen made his season debut for the Nationals and pitched a perfect ninth inning, retiring the side on just nine pitches.

For all things Nationals, check out Federal Baseball. For the New York Mets perspective, head over to Amazin' Avenue. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates throughout the series.

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Nationals Vs. Mets Update: Gio Gonzalez Rocked For Five Runs In Three-Plus Innings, New York Leads 6-1

It has not been a pretty start for Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez was pulled after three and one-third innings, allowing five runs on six hits including two home runs. On the other side of the ball, only one batter has been able to solve New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickie and trail 6-1 in the top of the fourth.

The first inning saw Mets third baseman David Wright hit a two-run home run to give the Mets the early lead. Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman cut the Mets lead in half with a solo home run, but the Nationals have managed only three more hits as the Mets used a solo home run by first baseman Ike Davis, and runs scored by Ruben Tejada and Andres Torres gave the Mets a four run lead.

Even though reliever Craig Stammen has entered the game, it hasn't gotten any better for the Nationals, as an RBI by Tejada extended the lead.

For all things Nationals, check out Federal Baseball. For the New York Mets perspective, head over to Amazin' Avenue. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates throughout the series.

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Mets Vs. Nationals: Ian Desmond Out Again As Nationals Go For Sweep

The Washington Nationals will attempt to complete a three-game sweep of the New York Mets on Thursday afternoon at Nationals Park. For the fifth consecutive game, the Nationals will be without the services of Ian Desmond, who continues to struggle with a hurting oblique muscle.

The full lineup is below.

Thursday afternoon's starting pitching matchup is a dandy as Washington's Gio Gonzalez faces New York's R.A. Dickey. If either starter gets a decision, he would take over the National League lead in wins with 13.

The game is set to get underway at 12:35 and can be seen on MASN.

For all things Nationals, check out Federal Baseball. For the New York Mets perspective, head over to Amazin' Avenue. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates throughout the series.

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Rick Ankiel Designated For Assignment To Make Room For Drew Storen, According To Report

Via a report from Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Rick Ankiel has been designated for assignment by the Washington Nationals so the team can make room for pitcher Drew Storen who has been on the disabled list for the entire 2012 season so far.

Storen, the Nationals closer in 2011, finished in a tie for sixth in the MLB in saves with 43 and sported a 6-3 record with a 2.75 ERA. However, given the success of Tyler Clippard in Storen's absence there are questions whether or not Storen will assume that role once again.

After early season injuries to the outfield earned Ankiel some starts, he hasn't started much since. The .228 batting average, .282 on-base percentage, and .694 OPS from the 33-year old veteran wasn't enough for the NL-leading Nationals and will likely spell the end of his career with the team.

For more on this transaction and all things Washington Nationals baseball, please check out Federal Baseball. For more from around the majors, visit Baseball Nation.

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Mets Vs. Nationals: Washington Holds On For 4-3 Win

Tyler Clippard recorded his 15th save of the season despite allowing two home runs in the top of the ninth inning and the Washington Nationals defeated the New York Mets 4-3 Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

Washington entered the 9th with a 4-1 lead after Steve Lombardozzi drove in two runs with a double off the right-center field wall in the bottom of the seventh inning. However, Clippard allowed solo shots to David Wright and Jason Bay before striking out Jordany Valdespin to end the game.

The Nationals took a 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning on Adam LaRoche's two-run, opposite-field home run to left center field. New York cut the lead in half in the top of the seventh when Andres Torres singled to drive in Lucas Duda before Torres was cut down trying to reach second base.

Jordan Zimmermann improved his record to 7-6 with another quality start. The right-hander pitched six shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out four without walking anyone. Zimmermann has pitched at least six innings in all 19 of his starts this season.

The Nationals will go for the sweep of the three-game series Thursday afternoon. Gio Gonzalez is slated to face R.A. Dickey. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m.

For all things Nationals, check out Federal Baseball. For the New York Mets perspective, head over to Amazin' Avenue. Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates throughout the series.

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