WASHINGTON (AP) _ Edwin Jackson pitched seven effective innings,
Adam LaRoche hit a three-run homer and the Washington Nationals
beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Jackson (2-3) allowed three runs, two earned, and three hits to
earn his first win since April 14 against Cincinnati. The
right-hander was 0-3 with a 3.33 ERA in his previous eight starts.
Sean Burnett pitched a perfect eighth and Tyler Clippard worked
the ninth for his fifth save in six chances, completing a

Lucas Duda drove in a run and walked twice for New York, which
has lost three straight. David Wright, Ike Davis and Kirk
Nieuwenhuis had the Mets’ only hits.

LaRoche got the first-place Nationals off to a fast start,
belting his ninth homer in the first inning against Jeremy Hefner
(1-3). Bryce Harper reached on an error by second baseman Daniel
Murphy and Ryan Zimmerman walked before LaRoche hit a drive into
the right-field bullpen.

LaRoche also drove in the Nationals’ final run with a sacrifice
fly in the seventh.

The Mets got on the board in the third. Omar Quintanilla reached
on a leadoff walk, advanced on Hefner’s sacrifice and scored on
Nieuwenhuis’ single.

Wright singled and scored on Duda’s groundout in the fourth and
Quintanilla had a run-scoring bouncer in the seventh but that was
it against Jackson, who struck out six and walked four.
Hefner allowed four runs, three earned, and seven hits in six

Michael Morse also had an RBI single in the fifth for

NOTES: The Mets reactivated OF Jason Bay from the 15-day
disabled list. Bay had been sidelined with a fractured rib since
April 23. He did not start, but manager Terry Collins said he would
play on Thursday afternoon. RHP Chris Young, who started on Tuesday
for the first time in more than a year, went on the paternity list.
RHP Pedro Beato was reinstated from the DL. He hadn’t pitched this
year with shoulder stiffness. INF Josh Satin was designated for
assignment. … Mets INF Ruben Tejada, on the disabled list with a
strained right quad, is back in New York for an exam, one day after
he took himself out of a minor league game when the quad tightened
up. … Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Morse, who played his
fourth game after returning from a strained back muscle, likely
would DH when the team plays at Boston on Friday. … The Mets are
scheduled to send RHP R.A. Dickey (8-1, 2.69 ERA) to the mound
against Washington RHP Chien-Ming Wang (1-1, 6.43) on Thursday

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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