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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 18: Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets slides into second base as Danny Espinosa #8 of the Washington Nationals turns a double play during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on July 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 18: Ike Davis #29 of the New York Mets slides into second base as Danny Espinosa #8 of the Washington Nationals turns a double play during the fourth inning at Nationals Park on July 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Jordan Zimmermann pitched six shutout innings,
Adam LaRoche hit a two-run homer and the Washington Nationals hung
on to beat the New York Mets 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Steve Lombardozzi added a two-run double as Washington handed a
sixth straight loss to the Mets, who held a team meeting before the
game.

Zimmermann (7-6) won his fourth straight, allowing just four
hits in six innings, striking out four and walking none.

In the seventh, Tom Gorzelanny allowed a one-out double to Lucas
Duda, who scored on Andres Torres’ single.

Sean Burnett worked a scoreless eighth, but Tyler Clippard, who
blew his third save Tuesday, allowed two home runs in the ninth to
David Wright and Jason Bay. Clippard then struck out Jordany
Valdespin for his 15th save in 18 chances.

In the sixth, LaRoche hit a 1-2 pitch from Chris Young (2-4)
into the left-center field stands for his 16th home run. It was his
third home run in 11 at-bats against Young. Eight of LaRoche’s 16
homers have been two-run shots.

Lombardozzi’s two-out double in the seventh against Miguel
Batista made it 4-1.

Wright led off the ninth with his 12th home run of the year, and
after Clippard struck out Ike Davis and Duda, Bay hit his fifth
home run _ striking the foul pole in left field. Both were on the
first pitch.

Bryce Harper had an eventful night with two singles and also
caught a long fly ball hit by Duda in left-center in the second
after an extended run. In the fourth, Harper singled, and when Ryan
Zimmerman flied to center, he ran and was about 30 feet past second
when he fell down and was easily doubled off first.

Wright had three hits. He’s now reached base in 81 of New York’s
87 games.

NOTES: Washington RHP Drew Storen will probably be activated
Thursday, manager Davey Johnson said. Storen has yet to pitch this
season due to elbow surgery. … Nationals C Jhonatan Solano is
probably headed to the 15-day disabled list with an oblique strain.
He’s likely to be replaced by Sandy Leon, who’s at Double-A
Harrisburg. … Washington OF Jayson Werth, who’s on the DL with a
broken wrist, took batting practice on Wednesday and launched seven
straight home runs. Johnson said he’ll be sent out on a rehab
assignment on Thursday. … Duda returned to the lineup after
missing three games with a left hamstring injury. … New York RHP
Jon Rauch had his knees drained on Tuesday, but pitched the eighth.
… Mets RHP R.A. Dickey (12-1, 2.66) will pitch against Nationals
LHP Gio Gonzalez (12-4, 3.93) on Thursday afternoon.

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

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