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Morse Slams Nationals Past Santana, Mets

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 17: Michael Morse #38 celebrates with Ryan Zimmerman #11, Bryce Harper #34, and Jayson Werth #28 of the Washington Nationals after hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on August 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Michael Morse’s fourth-inning grand slam took the lead away from Johan Santana and the Mets, en route to a 6-4 win on Friday night in the nation’s capital.

Bryce Harper also took the left deep for a two-run shot the following inning as the division leading Nations upped their record to 74-45.

Santana (6-9) allowed six runs on seven hits over five innings, marking his fifth start of at least six earned – all losses – as his ERA has ballooned to 4.85.

Ross Detwiler moved to 7-5, allowing three runs over six innings.

Tyler Clippard walked two in the ninth, but got Ruben Tejada to fly out to left to earn save No. 26.

The Met offense got a solo homer from newly acquired cather Kelly Shoppach. Daniel Murphy drove in a pair of first inning runs to get New York the early lead.

Scott Hairston contributed three hits and two runs scored.


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