NEW YORK, May 18 (UPI) -- Jon Niese struck out seven Wednesday and combined with two relievers to give the New York Mets their first shutout of the year, 3-0 over Washington.
Niese (3-4) allowed six hits over seven innings in New York's second win in three games.
Jason Bay had a sacrifice fly in the first inning and Niese protected the one-run advantage until Justin Turner provided some insurance with a two-run double in the sixth.
The loss went to Tom Gorzelanny (2-3), who allowed three runs on eight hits with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. The Nationals had won their previous two contests.