At the plate, Stephen Strasburg did better than Matt Harvey. On the mound, not quite.
Harvey outpitched Strasburg in a marquee matchup of young aces, escaping a late bases-loaded jam while the crowd chanted his name and leading the New York Mets over the Washington Nationals 7-1 Friday night.
Strasburg got his first hit of the season, a double in the third inning that also was Washington's first hit of the game. But he was gone after the sixth, once again leaving on the losing end.
''Not good enough,'' Strasburg said. ''It's tough. You want to go out there and feel good every time. It was a struggle again. It's still early. Just got to keep battling and keep working hard. I know it's going to come.''
Ike Davis and Lucas Duda each hit two home runs, providing an ample cushion for Harvey and the Mets to end their three-game skid.
Harvey and Strasburg paired off for the first time in their careers, with many projecting the celebrated 24-year-olds will duel far into the future. Har...