Wright's homer, Dickey's pitching gives Mets win over Nats
WASHINGTON (AP) - David Wright hit a three-run homer, Angel Pagan drove in two runs and R.A. Dickey pitched into the seventh inning on three days' rest as the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 7-3 on Friday night.
The Mets have won seven of eight, and the Nationals have dropped nine of 10 and are 10 games under .500 for the first time this season.
Wright's shot off Ross Detwiler (2-5) gave the Mets a 3-0 lead in the first. It was his 12th home run of the year. Pagan's two-run single in the third gave New York a 6-1 lead.
The Nationals scored a run in the first on Michael Morse's RBI single, and two in the fifth on Rick Ankiel's eighth home run. Detwiler pitched just three innings, allowing six runs and seven hits.
Dickey (7-11) won his second game in four days. Pitching on three days' rest for the third time in his career, he recorded consecutive wins for the first time this season. He left after allowing a leadoff single in the seventh, allowing three runs on nine hits, striking out one.
After Dickey departed, Tim Byrdak, Ryota Igarashi, Josh Stinson and Daniel Herrera combined to shut out Washington for the final three innings.
Nick Evans and Lucas Duda also homered for New York. Both were long shots, with Duda reaching the second deck in right in the seventh.