Nationals Topple Mets 5-3

By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 15, 2008 12:06 AM CDT
Nationals Topple Mets 5-3
Washington Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman (11) celebrates with teammate Aaron Boone (8) after hitting a home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game as New York Mets catcher Brian Schneider looks on   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Ryan Zimmerman hit a long homer and Tim Redding pitched two-hit ball for six innings, sending the Washington Nationals to a 5-3 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night. Jesus Flores hit a tiebreaking single with two outs in the seventh off Aaron Heilman, who was booed on and off the mound by the Shea Stadium crowd.

Washington added three more runs in the inning, sticking Claudio Vargas with a tough-luck loss in his Mets debut. Brian Schneider homered and drove in two runs against his former club, but New York (20-18) dropped to a disappointing 3-3 on its seven-game homestand against last-place teams. (More baseball stories.)

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