Originally written July 18, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
WASHINGTON -- Adam LaRoche smacked a two-run home run, Steve Lombardozzi had two RBIs and the Washington Nationals survived two ninth-inning home runs for a 4-3 win over the free-falling New York Mets on Wednesday night. Jordan Zimmermann stymied the Mets with six shutout innings and three relievers danced around trouble over the final three frames to preserve second consecutive win by the Nationals (53-36) and third in four games. LaRoche's 16th home run came off Mets starter Chris Young (2-4) with two outs in the sixth. Andres Torres' RBI-single in the seventh cut the lead in half, but Lombardozzi's two-out double scored two runs for a 4-1 lead. After blowing a two-run lead in Tuesday's win over the Mets, Tyler Clippard surrendered solo home runs to David Wright and Jason Bay in the ninth, but he struck out Jordany Valdespin for his 15th save. The defeat extended the Mets' season-high losing streak to six, five coming after the All-Star break and all wi...
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