Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/18/12

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 within the NL East. New York (46-45) fell seven games behind the division-leading Nationals. Entering the six-game road trip with a .500 road record, the Mets are now 20-25.

Zimmermann (7-6), the major league leader with 17 quality starts, scattered four hits and struck out four without walking a batter en route to winning his fourth consecutive decision.

The Mets were happy to see the right-hander leave after tossing 95 pitches as they scored in the following inning. Torres singled to right off Tom Gorzelanny, scoring Lucas Duda from second base.

Young allowed two runs and six hits over six innings with the one obvious mistake, the long ball to LaRoche.

After Bryce Harper's one-out single, his second hit of the game, Ryan Zimmerman struck out. Young jumped ahead of LaRoche with a 1-2 count, but the first baseman stroked a slider over the left-center field wall before the announced crowd of 31,660.

After the Mets scored a run in the top of the seventh, the Nationals answered to make it 4-1 in the bottom of the inning. Jesus Flores, pinch-hitter Roger Bernadina and Lombardozzi all had two-out hits off Mets reliever Miguel Bautista with Lombardozzi's double to right scoring the runners.

Washington had runners on base in four of the first five innings, but a pair of double plays ended threats. Bryce Harper singled leading off the fourth, but the rookie's misreading of Ryan Zimmerman's fly ball to center field led to him rounding second base instead of retreating. Andre Torres' throw easily doubled the 19-year-old off at first base.

Entering the game with the highest road batting average (.378), Mets third baseman David Wright had two hits in first two plate appearances and finished 3 for 4.

NOTES: Nationals All-Star shortstop Ian Desmond (left oblique strain) remained out of the starting lineup for the fourth consecutive game. ... Young has not recorded a win against Washington since September 20, 2008, pitching for San Diego. ... The Mets have not committed an error in 11 games, their longest streak since July 22-Aug. 2, 2008. ... Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth (broken wrist) took batting practice Tuesday is expected to begin a rehab assignment Thursday. Werth underwent surgery May 7. ... The finale of the three-game series starts at 12:35 p.m. Thursday and pits Mets knuckleballer R.A. Dickey against fellow All-Star pitcher Gio Gonzalez.

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