WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/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.