Adam LaRoche had a homer and four RBIs while Nationals pitching combined for a three-hitter in a 5-3 win over the Mets on Wednesday night in the nation's capital.

Edwin Jackson (2-3) had a strong seven innings of three hit, two-run ball while striking out six.

LaRoche smashed a three-run blast off of New York's Jeremy Hefner in the first inning, and added a sac-fly in the seventh. Michael Morse had two hits and an RBI for Washington, which has taken the first two games of the set.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis had an RBI single for the Mets, who have dropped three straight and into fourth place in the division, 2 1/2 games behind the Nats.

Omar Quintanilla and Lucas Duda had New York other RBIs.

Hefner dropped to 1-3 in his third start, giving up three earned on seven hits over six innings.

Tyler Clippard earned his fifth save.


Game notes: Each team finished with two errors in the game, giving the Mets five for the series. In 26 road games, New York has made 32 errors. Jason Bay was activated from the disabled on Wednesday but did not play. He missed 40 games with a fractured rib.