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Washington Nationals Rally in Ninth to Defeat New York Mets 6-5

July 3 (Bloomberg) -- Ivan Rodriguez hit a bases-loaded single to cap a three-run ninth-inning rally by the Washington Nationals, who defeated the New York Mets 6-5 in a Major League Baseball game.

Adam Dunn tied the game with one out in the ninth on a bases-loaded two-run double. Play was interrupted for two minutes as officials watched a replay before ruling the hit was not a home run.

Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez (2-2) then intentionally walked Josh Willingham to reload the bases before Nationals catcher Rodriguez connected to send Ryan Zimmerman home with the winning run at Nationals Park. Francisco Rodriguez surrendered three hits, three runs and three walks in a third of an inning to take the loss.

Nationals rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg gave up the first two runs of the game as Jason Bay scored Alex Cora on a double in the first inning and Josh Thole drove in David Wright in the third. He went five innings, giving up four hits, two runs and three walks, while striking out five.

Willingham and Ivan Rodriguez each hit scoring singles in the sixth inning for the Nationals to tie the game at 2-2 before the Mets (45-36) scored three in the eighth as Wright singled in Cora, Thole doubled to score Wright, and Ike Davis scored on Ruben Tejada’s sacrifice fly.

Adam Kennedy singled home a run in the bottom of the eighth to bring the Nationals within two.

Matt Capps (2-3) pitched the ninth inning for the Nationals (36-46) to get the win.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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