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NEW YORK -- Bryce Harper by far made the most noise on Bark in the Park day.
About 500 dogs paraded around the warning track before the game as part of annual pooch promotion held by many teams. Harper, who owns a young chocolate Labrador retriever named Swag, enjoyed the procession.
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"I saw them. It was awesome," he said.
Almost as impressive as his power show.
Harper hit a two-run homer to right-center in the third. He then hit the first pitch from Josh Edgin (0-1) in the eighth even farther and harder to right-center for his seventh home run.
"That one pitch came back and bit me," Edgin said.
The 20-year-old All-Star has four multihomer games in not quite a full year in the majors. Harper walked in his other plate appearance and is hitting .371 this season.
"He crushed a couple of balls. What a day he had," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.
Harper will soon have an adoring admirer. His dog is with his family right now in Las Vegas, but Swag will soon join his owner.
"He's coming to live with me in about two weeks," Harper said. "He's a great dog, I can't wait to have him."
After the game, Johnson said third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was being placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained left hamstring. Zimmerman didn't play Friday or Saturday, and had an MRI.
"Not going to take a chance," Johnson said. "I don't mess around with hamstrings."
Washington finished with seven hits, all for extra-base hits.
The Mets didn't homer for the first time in eight home games this year. They do, however, have a history that links homers and dogs: Before the bigheaded Mr. Met, their first mascot was a beagle named Homer.
In 1962, Homer was supposed to run around the bases at the Polo Grounds after the Mets connected. The first time he tried to do it in a game, the story goes, he reached second base and took off on a sprint for center field.
LaRoche hit a three-run homer in the fifth that put Washington ahead 6-5. The Mets tied it in the seventh when Daniel Murphy hustled for an infield hit and scored on John Buck's two-out double, helped when Desmond bobbled the relay at shortstop.
Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez gave up five runs in the fourth with two outs. He looked uncomfortable, crouching on the mound before giving up two-run singles to Collin Cowgill and Justin Turner and an RBI single to Daniel Murphy.
Gonzalez, who led the majors with 21 wins last year, is 1-1 with a 5.85 ERA after four starts.
"Just one of those moments," Gonzalez said. "Go back to the drawing board."
Craig Stammen relieved Gonzalez and struck out five in two perfect innings.
Desmond homered leading off the second against Jeremy Hefner. Harper homered the next inning and doubled in front of LaRoche's two-out home run.
|Bryce Harper slugs two home runs, including a go-ahead blast in the eighth, to lead the Nats to a 7-6 win over the Mets. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Denard Span, CF||5||0||0||0||0||1||0||.281|
|Jayson Werth, RF||3||2||1||0||1||1||0||.277|
|Bryce Harper, LF||3||3||3||3||1||0||0||.371|
|Adam LaRoche, 1B||3||1||1||3||1||2||1||.191|
|Ian Desmond, SS||4||1||1||1||0||1||1||.308|
|Chad Tracy, 3B||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.143|
|Danny Espinosa, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.182|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Gio Gonzalez, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.400|
|a- Stephen Lombardozzi, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Craig Stammen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Tyler Moore, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.158|
|Ryan Mattheus, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Tyler Clippard, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Roger Bernadina, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for G. Gonzalez in the 5th|
|b-struck out for Stammen in the 7th|
|c-fouled out for Clippard in the 9th|
|2B - Jayson Werth (2, Hefner), Bryce Harper (3, Laffey), Danny Espinosa (5, Hefner)|
|HR - Bryce Harper 2 (7, Hefner, Edgin), Adam LaRoche (3, Laffey), Ian Desmond (3, Hefner)|
|RBI - Bryce Harper 3 (14), Adam LaRoche 3 (8), Ian Desmond (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Adam LaRoche 3 (4)|
|CS - Chad Tracy (1, 2nd base by Hefner/Buck)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|Ryan Mattheus (BS,1)||0.2||2||1||1||0||0||0||4.32|
|Tyler Clippard (W,1-0)||1.1||0||0||0||1||2||0||4.50|
|Rafael Soriano (S,6)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||4.50|
|Pitches-Strikes - Gio Gonzalez 90-50, Craig Stammen 35-26, Ryan Mattheus 16-10, Tyler Clippard 25-16, Rafael Soriano 18-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gio Gonzalez 6-1, Craig Stammen 1-0, Ryan Mattheus 1-1, Rafael Soriano 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Gio Gonzalez 21, Craig Stammen 6, Ryan Mattheus 4, Tyler Clippard 5, Rafael Soriano 4|
|New York Mets|
|Justin Turner, SS||5||0||1||2||0||1||0||.385|
|Daniel Murphy, 2B||5||1||2||1||0||1||0||.355|
|David Wright, 3B||3||0||1||0||2||0||3||.322|
|John Buck, C||4||1||1||1||1||1||2||.293|
|Ike Davis, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.161|
|Marlon Byrd, RF||4||1||1||0||0||1||0||.264|
|Lucas Duda, LF||2||1||0||0||2||1||1||.293|
|Collin Cowgill, CF||3||1||1||2||0||2||1||.205|
|a- Jordany Valdespin, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.306|
|Jeremy Hefner, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|b- Ruben Tejada, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.232|
|Aaron Laffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brandon Lyon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Kirk Nieuwenhuis, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.125|
|Josh Edgin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Atchison, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Mike Baxter, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.217|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-fouled out for Cowgill in the 8th|
|b-walked for Hefner in the 4th|
|c-struck out for Lyon in the 6th|
|d-lined out for Atchison in the 8th|
|2B - John Buck (2, Mattheus)|
|3B - David Wright (3, G. Gonzalez)|
|RBI - Justin Turner 2 (3), Daniel Murphy (12), John Buck (21), Collin Cowgill 2 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Justin Turner 2 (2), Daniel Murphy (4), John Buck (3), Collin Cowgill 2 (7)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Turner-Murphy-Davis|
|New York Mets|
|Josh Edgin (L,0-1)||1.1||1||1||1||0||3||1||9.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hefner 61-33, Aaron Laffey 24-13, Brandon Lyon 17-10, Josh Edgin 23-16, Scott Atchison 11-5, LaTroy Hawkins 7-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hefner 6-2, Aaron Laffey 1-1, Brandon Lyon 1-1, Josh Edgin 1-0, Scott Atchison 2-0, LaTroy Hawkins 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jeremy Hefner 17, Aaron Laffey 5, Brandon Lyon 4, Josh Edgin 5, Scott Atchison 3, LaTroy Hawkins 3|
|Attendance - 24325|
|Game Time - 3:20|
|Temperature - 54|
|Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Mark Carlson, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Brian Knight|