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Nationals Vs. Mets: Adam LaRoche's Big Blast Leads Washington To 5-2 Win

It took the Washington Nationals three games to do it, but they finally figured out R.A. Dickey. Adam LaRoche's sixth-inning home run broke a 1-1 tie and the Nationals went on to defeat the New York Mets, 5-2 Thursday night at Citi Field.

In a reversal of last Thursday's pitching match-up, Gio Gonzalez (13-5) got the better of Dickey, allowing just one unearned run on two hits over seven innings. Dickey (13-2) allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits over six innings.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second when Scott Hairston scored on Ronny Cedeno's single to right field. The Nats leveled the score in the fourth inning when Ryan Zimmerman scored on Danny Espinosa's double. After LaRoche's home run, Washington padded their lead by two more runs as Espinosa scored on Jesus Flores' single and Roger Bernadina came around to score when Jason Bay's throw went awry.

Jordany Valdespin completed the scoring by hitting a pinch-hit, solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning.

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