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Mets Go 0-6 On Homestand After Being Swept By Nats, Dodgers

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 25: (L-R) Hitting coach Dave Hudgens, Scott Hairston #12, Kirk Nieuwenhuis #9 and Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets look on in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on July 25, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Stephen Strasburg (11-4) struck out 11 while allowing just one run over seven innings leading the Nationals to a 5-2 win and a sweep of the Mets at Citi Field, wrapping up an 0-6 home homestand for New York.

Despite being out-pitched by Strasbug, Jeremy Hefner (1-4) had a relatively solid outing for a rookie pitcher, seven strikeouts in six innings with just two mistakes – back-to-back solo homers in the second innings to Michael Morse and Danny Espinosa – the only earned runs he allowed.

Adam LaRoche added a two-run shot int he seventh inning as the Nats dealt the Mets their sixth straight loss and 12th in the last 13 games.

Ike Davis hit his team leading 16th homer of the season, one of the Mets’ four hits on the day.

Washington’s lead over New York in NL East has grown to 11.5 games after taking five of six since the All-Star break. Atlanta sits 4.5 games back.

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