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Nationals Score Six In 10th To Beat Mets

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 23: Pedro Beato #27 of the New York Mets hands the ball to manager Terry Collins as he leaves the game in the tenth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on July 23, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 23: Pedro Beato #27 of the New York Mets hands the ball to manager Terry Collins as he leaves the game in the tenth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on July 23, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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By BEN WALKER
AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) _ Bryce Harper homered his first time up in New
York, then hit a tiebreaking single to key a six-run burst in the
10th inning Monday night that sent the Washington Nationals over
the Mets 8-2.

Shortstop Ruben Tejada’s error on a potential double-play ball
set up the big 10th. Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run double and
Michael Morse added a two-run homer as the NL East-leading
Nationals broke away.

The Mets lost for the 10th time in 11 games. A day earlier, they
gave up five runs in the 12th inning and fell to the Los Angeles
Dodgers 8-3.

It was 2-all on a rainy evening when Roger Bernadina opened the
Washington 10th with a bloop single. Sandy Leon followed with an
easy comebacker to Tim Byrdak (2-2), but Tejada dropped the throw
and also appeared to get spiked by a sliding Bernadina.

Pedro Beato relieved, Mark DeRosa bunted into a forceout at
third and Steve Lombardozzi singled to load the bases.

After pitching coach Dan Warthen went to the mound, Harper made
it 3-2 with a sharp single to right-center. Zimmerman, chosen
earlier in the day as the NL player of the week, doubled to the
right-center alley and a hustling Harper almost caught Lombardozzi
near home plate. Morse capped the rally with his sixth homer.

Tom Gorzelanny (3-2) retired Jason Bay on a grounder with a
runner on second to end the ninth.

David Wright and Ike Davis homered for the Mets in their fourth
straight loss.

Harper hit a two-run homer in the first inning that sailed into
the Washington bullpen beyond the right-center wall.

The rookie connected for his ninth home run of the season and
first since June 28. He later drew a walk from Chris Young and
stole his 13th base.

Harper grew up in Las Vegas and said he twice came on family
vacations to New York City. The highlights, he recalled, were
seeing Times Square and Central Park and going to a game at old
Yankee Stadium when was about 12 in which current teammate
Chien-Ming Wang pitched.

If he has time on this short trip, Harper said he most wanted to
visit the 9/11 memorial at ground zero.

Wright hit his 15th homer in the fourth off Jordan Zimmermann.
Davis hit a tying home run in the seventh on the first pitch from
reliever Michael Gonzalez.

Young and Zimmermann matched up for the third time this season.
Last Wednesday, Zimmermann threw six scoreless innings to win in
Washington.

Zimmermann allowed four hits, walked none and struck out six in
six innings. Young retired 14 straight batters in the middle
innings, allowed three hits and struck out seven before leaving
after the seventh.

NOTES: A Snooki, a Wookiee and a Rookie _ but no Mookie. It was
“Star Wars” night at Citi Field, featuring dressed-up characters.
Mets fan Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi from “Jersey Shore” also was
on hand _ she got booed _ as was Mets rookie pitcher Matt Harvey,
who will make his big league debut Thursday night at Arizona. Alas,
Mets ambassador Mookie Wilson was not seen. … Washington put
All-Star SS Ian Desmond on the 15-day DL with a strained left
oblique. … Mets closer Frank Francisco (oblique) will begin a
rehab assignment Tuesday at Class-A Brooklyn.

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

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