Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/23/12
NEW YORK -- One hit came after the other in the top of the 10th inning for Washington, suddenly leaving the New York Mets so far from a win it became hard to see how close they once had been. Just like the defeats that have piled up recently, Monday night's 8-2 loss to the Washington Nationals left the Mets trying to recognize the team that once threatened to challenge Washington in the NL East. Instead, the Nationals racked up six runs in the 10th, giving the Mets their second straight meltdown of a loss in extra innings. Washington started the day putting Ian Desmond on the disabled list, but earned its third victory in a row. The win gave the Nationals a 4 1/2-game cushion over the Atlanta Braves and 9 1/2-game lead over the reeling Mets. New York lost for the 10th time in the last 11 games to fall two games below .500. Bryce Harper, who had given the Nationals an early lead with a two-run homer, sparked the outburst with an RBI single in the 10th. Harper's one-out, ...
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