Ike Davis hit a two-run homer and Jonathon Niese pitched seven scoreless innings as the New York Mets shut out the Major League Baseball-leading Washington Nationals 2-0.
Davis’s home run in the seventh scored David Wright last night at Nationals Park in Washington. Edwin Jackson (7-8) struck out 11 Mets batters and surrendered two runs on two hits in seven innings.
“I wasn’t trying to go anywhere. I was just trying to hit the ball,” Davis told reporters. “We didn’t really do a great job of that tonight, partly because (Jackson) was so nasty, but he left a fastball up and away and I hit it on the barrel and it got out of there.”
Niese (10-6) gave up five hits and no runs and struck out seven batters in 7 1/3 innings. Frank Francisco recorded his 20th save, striking out one in the ninth inning.
“It was one of those nights where everything felt good,” said Niese who retired the last seven batters he faced.
“Tonight, Niese was the better pitcher,” Jackson said. “He held us scoreless. The bullpen did the same. I gave up two runs. I lost.”
Washington tops the majors with a 74-46 record. The Mets (57-63) are in third place in the NL East, 17 games behind the Nationals.
“It’s great to beat them,” Davis said. “You always want to beat the best and right now they’re the best in the division.”