Sep 12, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman (11) throws to first as New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda (21) advances to third during the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Nationals Vs. Mets: Washington Completes Sweep With 2-0 Win

Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond hit solo home runs to give the Nationals all the runs they need Wednesday night.

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Mets Vs. Nationals Final Score: Washington Wins Again, 2-0

The Washington Nationals took care of business on Wednesday night against the New York Mets at Citi Field, completing the sweep with a 2-0 victory.

With Stephen Strasburg out of the rotation now, manager Davey Johnson has turned to John Lannan to pick up the slack. He didn't disappoint against New York, throwing five and two-thirds innings while only allowing two hits and a walk.

Ryan Zimmerman provided the eventual game-winning run in the top of the fourth with a solo home run off of rookie Matt Harvey. Ian Desmond provided the other run on one of his two hits, another solo blast in the eighth off of Jon Rauch.

Harvey pitched effectively but ultimately took the loss, pitching five frames while punching out 10 Nationals hitters.

The Mets couldn't muster up very much in the way of offense throughout the game, something that has plagued New York in a big way at home. The Amazins' only managed seven hits, all singles.

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Nationals Vs. Mets: Washington Gets Homer Happy In 5-1 Win

The Washington Nationals hit three home runs and Gio Gonzalez pitched six innings to record his 19th win of the season as Washington started its National League East road trip with a 5-1 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field Monday night.

Washington broke the game open with three runs in the third inning as Kurt Suzuki hit a solo home run to left field and Ryan Zimmerman smashed a two-run shot to dead center field four batters later. Ian Desmond ended the Nats' scoring for the night in the fourth inning, when he hit a two-run opposite-field homer to right-center field. Desmond's blast was also the final hit of the night for Washington, whose magic number to clinch the division was reduced to 15 after Atlanta's 4-1 loss to Milwaukee later Monday night.

New York got their only run in the bottom of the fourth inning, when Scott Hairston led off the half-inning with a solo home run to left-center field off of Gonzalez (19-7). The left-hander struck out six New York batters and scattered three hits and five walks over his six innings. Mets starter Collin McHugh (0-2) pitched just four innings and allowed five hits (including the three home runs) and two walks while striking out three batters.

For more on the Nationals, be sure to check out Federal Baseball.

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