NEW YORK, NY - JULY 25: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 25, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Nationals Vs. Mets: Stephen Strasburg Strikes Out 11, Washington Completes Sweep With 5-2 Win

Adam LaRoche, Michael Morse, and Danny Espinosa hit home runs as the Nationals are a season-high 19 games over .500.

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Nationals Vs. Mets: Stephen Strasburg Strikes Out 11, Washington Completes Sweep With 5-2 Win

The Washington Nationals completed their sweep of the New York Mets on Wednesday on the strength of 11 strikeouts from starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg, winning 5-2. Strasburg lasted seven innings allowing only one run on four hits. The lone run he allowed was a solo home run by Mets first baseman Ike Davis in the bottom of the second inning.

The Nationals hopped out to an early 2-0 lead with a pair of solo home runs by Nationals left fielder Michael Morse and shortstop Danny Espinosa. Catcher Sandy Leon extended the lead in the fifth inning by grounding into a fielder's choice, scoring Espinosa. First baseman Adam Laroche hit a two run home run in the seventh inning to close out the scoring.

This victory puts the Nationals 4.5 games ahead of the Atlanta Braves. The Nationals next series will be a four game series at Miller Park against the Milwaukee Brewers beginning on Thursday.

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. Keep up with all the trade deadline action at Baseball Nation.

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