Reporting Byron Kerr
The New York Mets chased starter Ross Detwiler early and often, building a 6-1 lead after three innings, and coasting to a 7-3 win over the Nationals before 27,907 at Nationals Park.
David Wright greeted Detwiler (2-5) with a mammoth three-run shot to deep left center in the first inning, and Nick Evans added a solo blast an inning later for a 4-1 lead.
The Nationals got an RBI single by Michael Morse in the first, but had trouble generating enough offense against Mets knuckle baller R.A. Dickey (7-11) until the fifth.
After one out, Ian Desmond slapped a triple off the right field wall and Rick Ankiel followed with a two-run shot, his eighth of the year, to make it 6-3, Mets.
It was Detwiler’s shortest outing of the season, just three innings, allowing six runs on seven hits with no walks, two strikeouts and two home runs.
Lucas Duda added some insurance with a monster blast to the second deck in right field off of reliever Collin Balester in the seventh, Mets padded their lead to 7-3.
The Nationals best chance to get back in the game came in the seventh with two men on for Ryota Igarashi against Morse. The Mets reliever managed to strike out Morse to end the threat.
Mets reliever Josh Stinson made his major league debut in the eighth inning and set the Nationals down in order, ending the inning with back to back strikeouts.
The Nationals have lost nine of their last 10 games and four of seven versus the Mets at home this season.