Sports - Harper Powers Nationals to a 5-2 Win Over Mets

Bryce Harper of The Washington Nationals Baseball Team

Keith Cephus

Rookie sensation Bryce Harper battered Mets pitching with a homer and a triple to lift the league leading Nationals to a 5-2 victory over the Mets. Gio Gonzales pitched deep into the sixth inning, allowing a single run and the Nationals, despite a two-hour rain delay, have won three out of their last four games. 

Once the rain subsided, Michael Morse led things off with a single in the second inning. Espinosa  followed with a a two-run dinger over the left field fence to give the Nats a 2-0 lead. And then came the hit parade! Jason Werth lined up the middle for a single, Harper followed with a triple and trotted home on Ryan Zimmerman’s base hit.

It was Harper’s team-leading sixth triple of the season, and then the 19-year-old rookie sensation smacked his 12th homer of the season, giving the Nats a 5-0 lead. 

All Star pitcher Gio Gonzales kept the Mets scoreless until Ike Davis led off with a double and scored on Jason Bay’s fielder’s choice. The Mets had multiple scoring opportunities, going a dismal 1-10 with runners in scoring position. 

With a five game cushion on the 2nd place Atlanta Braves, The Nationals will host their counterparts in a pivotal three game series at National Park. 

Note:  Pitcher Edwin Jackson autographed a baseball and gave it to a little boy whose mother was killed in a house fire last week.