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Bryce Harper Shines, Washington Nationals Beat New York Mets

April 20th, 2013 at 11:15 PM
By Steven Rosen

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Bryce Harper once again stole the show early in this 2013 season, as he helped lead the Washington Nationals to a 7-6 win over the New York Mets

The Nationals, who were coming off a 7-1 loss in the first game of the series, got out to a quick lead in the top of the second inning when shortstop Ian Desmond led off with a solo home run, putting the Nationals ahead 1-0. 

Washington was able to add to their lead in the top of the third, when Jayson Werth doubled with one out, and scored when Bryce Harper launched a two run home run, extending the Nationals lead to three. The home run was Haprer's sixth on the season, which he did not reach until June last season.

The Mets were able to get to Washington starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez in the bottom of the fourth, scoring five runs on four hits. David Wright got things started when he led the inning off with a triple, and RBI singles from Collin Cowgill, Justin Turner, and Daniel Murphy scored the five runs. Washington Manager Davey Johnson was forced to go to his bullpen in the fifth. 

Gonzalez pitched just the four innings, allowing five runs, while walking four and striking out five in the no decision. 

Johnson handed the ball to reliever Craig Stammen, who pitched a scoreless fifth and sixth inning while recording five of those outs with strikeouts. The Nationals added three in the top of the fifth when Werth walked and Harper doubled, setting up a three run blast to first basemen Adam LaRoche, putting the Nationals back ahead 6-5. 

The Mets bounced back to tie the game at six when John Buck doubled in a run in the top of the seventh of off reliever Ryan Mattheus. Tyler Clippard came on in relief to strikeout Ike Davis, stranding Buck at second. 

Bryce Harper picked up his third hit and his third RBI of the game when he led off the top of the eighth with his second home run of the night, and his seventh on the season, putting the Nationals ahead 7-6. 

A scoreless bottom of the eighth from Clippard set up another save situation for the Nationals, and Rafael Soriano came in to shut the door, picking up his sixth save of the season, and giving the Nationals their 10th win of the year. Clippard picked up his first win of the season. 

The Nationals and Mets will be back at it Sunday, first pitch at 1:10. 

Tags: Baseball, Bryce Harper, Craig Stammen, Davey Johnson, Ian Desmond, Ike Davis, MLB, New York Mets, Tyler Clippard, Washington, Washington Nationals

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