Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/24/12
NEW YORK-Adam LaRoche's two-run homer-the third of five straight two-out hits off R.A. Dickey-broke a tie and started a four-run sixth inning for the Washington Nationals, and Gio Gonzalez allowed an unearned run on two hits over seven strong innings as the Nationals beat the reeling New York Mets 5-2 on Tuesday. The Nationals' fourth straight win improved their National League-best record to 57-39 and assured they'd remain at least 41/2 games ahead of the second-place Atlanta Braves in the NL East. The Mets lost for the 10th time in 11 games since the All-Star Break and fell to 47-50 overall. Dickey had allowed just three hits and one run until the Nationals got to him in a hurry in the sixth. Mike Morse singled before LaRoche's two-run homer deep into the right-field seats. Danny Espinosa and Roger Bernadina then singled before Jesus Flores' single to left scored Espinosa. Jason Bay's throw skipped past catcher Mike Nickeas, which allowed Bernadina to score as well and give th...
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