Dickey helps Mets break losing streak
David Wright homered twice and had five RBI and R.A. Dickey won his league-leading 13th game and the New York Mets broke a six-game losing streak with a 9-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Thursday.
Dickey (13-1) pitched 7 1-3 innings to break a streak of rare ineffectiveness this season. After throwing consecutive one-hitters last month, Dickey had won just one of four starts - getting no-decisions in three of them. In his past two, he gave up five runs in each game.
Against Washington, he gave up four runs - three earned - and 10 hits. He walked one and struck out five. Dickey has won 11 straight decisions.
The Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman hit a first-inning home run, his 11th, and by the time Washington scored again, the Mets had an eight-run lead.
Wright hit a two-run shot in the first - his 13th off Gio Gonzalez (12-5), who was rocked for six runs in 3 1-3 innings - his shortest start of the season.
Wright's second home run, his 14th, a three-run blast, came in the fourth off Craig Stammen. He also homered in his last at-bat in Wednesday night's game.
Gonzalez allowed six runs and six hits in his second attempt to win his 13th.
The Nationals are still 3 1/2 games ahead of Atlanta in the NL East. The Braves won on Thursday afternoon and will begin a four-game series in Washington on Friday night.
Michael Morse had two RBIs for the Nationals.
NOTES: Washington activated RHP Drew Storen from the disabled list. He hadn't pitched this season due to April surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. Storen pitched a scoreless ninth. ... OF Rick Ankiel was designated for assignment. C Jhonatan Solano was placed on the disabled list with a strained oblique muscle and C Sandy Leon was recalled from Double-A Harrisburg. Leon had his first major league hit in the seventh. ... The Nationals are temporarily carrying 13 pitchers and just four extra position players. ... Dickey committed a throwing error in the fifth. New York had gone 11 games without an error. ... Mets OF Mike Baxter, who's on the 15-day DL with injuries to his collarbone and ribs, is playing at St. Lucie, but hasn't played in the field yet. Manager Terry Collins says Baxter isn't yet close to returning. ... New York plays Los Angeles on Friday. LHP Johan Santana (6-6, 3.59) faces RHP Aaron Harang.