Ike Davis hit a two-run homer, Daniel Murphy scored from second on a groundball, and Dillon Gee allowed two runs over 7 2-3 innings Friday night in the New York Mets' 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals.
Gee (10-9) allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one, outdueling Jordan Zimmermann as the Mets won for only the third time in nine games.
The Nationals, trying to work their way into the NL pennant race, lost for just the second time in 10. Washington began the day 6 1/2 games behind the Cincinnati Reds for the second wild-card spot.
Gee's ERA had been just under 2.00 in his previous eight starts, and the Nationals rarely threatened him. He faced three batters above the minimum through seven innings. The only scoreboard damage came on Wilson Ramos' homer to lead off the third and pinch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi's two-out solo shot in the eighth.
Zimmermann (15-8), who remains tied with Adam Wainwright for the NL lead in wins, allowed three runs and six hits with one wal...