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Wright backs Dickey for 13th win

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WASHINGTON -- In a matchup between the National League's only 12-game winners, Washington's Gio Gonzalez didn't hold up his end against New York's R.A. Dickey.

The Nationals' All-Star left-hander was rocked by the Mets in his worst outing of the season, a 9-5 loss to New York on Thursday.

Gonzalez (12-5) hadn't allowed more than three runs in any of his previous eight starts at Nationals Park while going 5-2 with a 2.31 ERA.

But after Andres Torres beat out an infield hit with one out in the first inning, David Wright sent Gonzalez's fastball over the left field fence.

Ike Davis led off the New York second with a home run to center as the Mets hitters followed manager Terry Collins' advice about being less patient in hopes of ending their season-high six-game losing streak.

"They were swinging aggressively and going after me right off the back," Gonzalez said.

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"A good team like that, the way they swing the bat, if you leave anything up there, they're gonna make you pay for it. I learned firsthand about that."

The afternoon never improved for Gonzalez, who allowed two runs in the third on a double-play grounder and a single by Davis. With one out and a runner on second in the fourth, Washington manager Davey Johnson summoned Craig Stammen to relieve Gonzalez, who left the game trailing 5-1.

"I'm not going to let him get beat up," Johnson said.

Gonzalez threw just 37 of his 68 pitches for strikes.

"Command's a big key for him and it was one of those days where he didn't have his best stuff either," Johnson said. "He wasn't real sharp. I didn't want to keep him out there to save my bullpen. I want to save him. Throwing 20, 30 more pitches in a losing cause. What's the use?"

Stammen, who came in with a 1.66 ERA, allowed a run-scoring single to Ruben Tejada and walked Torres before Wright hit his second homer of the game to make it 9-1.

Ryan Zimmerman homered in the first, his 11th of the year and his eighth in his past 21 games. Mark DeRosa doubled and scored on Danny Espinosa's single in the sixth for Washington's second run.

Michael Morse doubled home pinch hitter Ian Desmond and scored on Wright's throwing error in the eighth. DeRosa scored on Roger Bernandina's infield hit in the ninth to close the scoring.

Notes

  • The Nationals designated veteran outfielder Rick Ankiel for assignment and activated Drew Storen from the disabled list where the 2011 closer had been all season following elbow surgery. Ankiel was hitting just .228. Storen pitched a scoreless ninth on Thursday and was heartened by the ovation he received upon entering the game.
  • Washington put Jhonatan Solano (oblique) on the 15-day DL and promoted fellow backup catcher Sandy Leon from Double-A Harrisburg. Leon's single in the seventh was his first major league hit.
  • The NL East-leading Nationals play host to the second-place Atlanta Braves for a four-game series starting on Friday that includes a day-night doubleheader on Saturday. All-Star right hander Stephen Strasburg (10-4, 2.66) starts Friday against Atlanta's Tommy Hanson (10-5, 4.02).
 
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David Wright finishes the day with five RBI, including two HRs, to help R.A. Dickey become the NL's first 13-game winner. (US Presswire)
David Wright finishes the day with five RBI, including two HRs, to help R.A. Dickey become the NL's first 13-game winner. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
New York

D. Wright
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 5
Washington

R. Zimmerman
AB 2
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ruben Tejada, SS5221012 .319
Andres Torres, CF4320100 .232
David Wright, 3B4225100 .353
Scott Hairston, RF4000000 .250
    Kirk Nieuwenhuis, RF1000000 .261
Jason Bay, LF4000110 .186
Ike Davis, 1B4122000 .206
Justin Turner, 2B4020002 .294
Josh Thole, C3110111 .274
R.A. Dickey, P3000012 .175
    Tim Byrdak, P0000000 .000
    Ramon Ramirez, P0000000 .000
    Josh Edgin, P0000000 .000
    Bobby Parnell, P0000000 .000
Totals36911844  
Batting
2B - Andres Torres (9, G. Gonzalez), Justin Turner (8, Stammen), Josh Thole (9, Stammen)
HR - David Wright 2 (14, G. Gonzalez, Stammen), Ike Davis (14, G. Gonzalez)
SH - R.A. Dickey (7)
RBI - Ruben Tejada (16), David Wright 5 (65), Ike Davis 2 (52)
2-OUT RBI - Ike Davis (23)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Dickey-Turner-Davis
PB - Josh Thole (9)
E - R.A. Dickey (2, Throwing), David Wright (9, Throwing)
New York Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
R.A. Dickey (W,13-1) 7.11043151 2.72
Tim Byrdak 0.1000010 4.38
Ramon Ramirez0100000 3.53
Josh Edgin 0.1100000 8.10
Bobby Parnell 1211020 3.35
HBP - Desmond (by Bobby Parnell)
Pitches-Strikes - R.A. Dickey 111-76, Tim Byrdak 8-6, Ramon Ramirez 2-2, Josh Edgin 4-2, Bobby Parnell 19-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R.A. Dickey 8-9, Tim Byrdak 1-0
Batters Faced - R.A. Dickey 33, Tim Byrdak 2, Ramon Ramirez 1, Josh Edgin 2, Bobby Parnell 6
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B-LF5020013 .270
Bryce Harper, RF5000015 .273
    Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B2121000 .259
    Mark DeRosa, 3B3220002 .154
Adam LaRoche, 1B2000103 .256
    Henry Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   a- Ian Desmond, PH-SS1110000 .289
Michael Morse, LF-RF4112012 .288
Danny Espinosa, SS-2B5010013 .241
Roger Bernadina, CF5021022 .258
Jesus Flores, C2000011 .233
    Sandy Leon, C3010012 .250
Gio Gonzalez, P1000000 .094
    Craig Stammen, P1000000 .000
    Tyler Moore, 1B2020000 .310
Totals41514418  
a-singled for Rodriguez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mark DeRosa (4, Dickey), Michael Morse (8, Dickey)
HR - Ryan Zimmerman (11, Dickey)
SF - Michael Morse (3)
RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (44), Michael Morse 2 (20), Roger Bernadina (14)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Zimmerman (18), Roger Bernadina (8)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Espinosa-Lombardozzi-LaRoche
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gio Gonzalez (L,12-5) 3.1666322 3.32
Craig Stammen 3.1533121 2.08
Henry Rodriguez 1.1000000 4.50
Drew Storen 1000000 0.00
IBB - Wright by Gio Gonzalez
Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 68-37, Craig Stammen 62-38, Henry Rodriguez 15-10, Drew Storen 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 4-3, Craig Stammen 4-4, Henry Rodriguez 3-1, Drew Storen 2-1
Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 18, Craig Stammen 16, Henry Rodriguez 4, Drew Storen 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36389
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Chris Conroy, First Base - Tim Timmons, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Mark Carlson