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MLB: Washington 5, New York Mets 2

Aug. 19, 2012 at 7:45 PM

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Gio Gonzalez won his 16th game of the season and Bryce Harper supplied a homer and two RBI Sunday in Washington's 5-2 win over the New York Mets.

Gonzalez (16-6) went 5 2/3 innings, holding the Mets to one run on seven hits. The left-hander issued two walks and struck out three in winning his third consecutive start.

Harper drove home Jayson Werth with a run-scoring triple in the third and came home on Ryan Zimmerman's single, staking the Nationals to a 4-0 lead, then added a solo homer in the fifth for a 5-0 advantage.

Danny Espinoza provided a two-run shot for the National League East-leading Nationals, who took the rubber match of a three-game set.

The start of the game was delayed 2 1/2 hours by rain.

Mets starter Jeremy Hefner (2-5) gave up five runs on eight hits over five full innings.

Jason Bay and Kelly Shoppach drove in runs for New York.

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