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WASHINGTON (AP) _ David Wright hit a three-run homer, Angel
Pagan drove in two runs and R.A. Dickey pitched into the seventh
inning on three days’ rest as the New York Mets beat the Washington
Nationals 7-3 on Friday night.

The Mets have won seven of eight, and the Nationals have dropped
nine of 10 and are 10 games under .500 for the first time this
season.

Wright’s shot off Ross Detwiler (2-5) gave the Mets a 3-0 lead
in the first. It was his 12th home run of the year.
Pagan’s two-run single in the third gave New York a 6-1 lead.
Dickey (7-11) won his second game in four days. Pitching on
three days’ rest for the third time in his career, he recorded
consecutive wins for the first time this season. He left after
allowing a leadoff single in the seventh, allowing three runs on
nine hits, striking out one.

After Dickey departed, Tim Byrdak, Ryota Igarashi, Josh Stinson
and Daniel Herrera combined to shut out Washington for the final
three innings.

Nick Evans and Lucas Duda also homered for New York. Both were
long shots, with Duda reaching the second deck in right in the
seventh.

The Nationals scored a run in the first on Michael Morse’s RBI
single, and two in the fifth on Rick Ankiel’s eighth home run.
Detwiler pitched just three innings, allowing six runs and seven
hits.

NOTES: Washington recalled OF Roger Bernadina from Triple-A
Syracuse. … 2B Danny Espinosa did not play. He was the only
Washington player to appear in each of the team’s games. …
Nationals OF Laynce Nix was out with a strained right groin. …
New York C Josh Thole was out of the lineup with a bruised left
wrist. … Mets IF Ruben Tejada was rested with a bruised middle
finger on his left hand. … Stinson made his major league debut,
pitching 1 2-3 innings, allowing two hits. Herrera was added to the
roster before the game. He struck out Jonny Gomes for the final
out. Herrera was acquired on Thursday from Milwaukee as one of the
two players to be named later in the trade for Francisco Rodriguez.
… LHP Tom Milone is scheduled to make his major league debut for
Washington on Saturday. Milone struck out 155 batters for Syracuse
and walked just 16 in 148 1-3 innings. RHP Dillon Gee (12-5), who
has beaten the Nationals in each of his three starts against them,
will start for the Mets. … New York LHP Johan Santana, who
underwent shoulder surgery last September, will pitch two innings
in a rehab game on Saturday for Class A St. Lucie.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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