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NEW YORK -- Smoke billowed out of the Washington Nationals clubhouse when the doors opened after yet another victory celebration in New York. Logan Forsythe Rays Jersey . The NL East leaders fog machine recently has been getting plenty of use. No special effects were needed on the field, though. Stephen Strasburg bounced back from one of his worst starts to pitch seven efficient innings, Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche each hit a two-run homer, and the Nationals beat the New York Mets 4-1 Thursday night to set a franchise record with their 11th consecutive win on the road against one team. "We played really well here," manager Matt Williams said. "Now weve got to go do it at home." The Mets 11 straight losses to Washington in Queens are their most against one club at home. New York dropped 10 in a row to the Braves at Shea Stadium from 1991-92. Strasburg (9-10) gave up three hits and an unearned run, improving to 2-8 in 13 road starts this season. He struck out eight and walked two. Rafael Soriano was perfect in the ninth for his second straight save in the series and 28th overall. Washington finished a three-game sweep and increased its NL East lead to six games over Atlanta. LaRoche and Harper both connected after walks by Dillon Gee (4-5). LaRoche homered in the first and Harper hit a long drive to right-centre in the fourth. "It felt great," said Harper, who missed time with a thumb injury. "Thats one of the best balls Ive hit all year." The Nationals hit seven homers in the series, outscoring the Mets 14-4 and continuing a lopsided trend during a streak in New York that began June 30 last year. Washington has outscored the Mets 74-21 during the run at Citi Field, which now tops the Montreal Expos 10 road wins in a row against the Chicago Cubs from 1982-83. The Nationals are 25-4 at the Mets home since Sept. 12, 2011. The teams play four more times this year in New York and three more in Washington, where the Nationals have won four of six meetings. They lead the season series 10-2. "Theyve been a thorn in our side for the last two or three years for sure," Mets manager Terry Collins said. Strasburg was coming off an outing in which he allowed a career-high four homers and seven runs to Atlanta, but he was rarely in trouble Thursday, working his fastball to both sides of the plate. "I think I wanted to go out there and focus on the execution aspect and just pitch," Strasburg said, "make it a little harder for them to be comfortable." After a throwing error by shortstop Ian Desmond in the fourth, Lucas Duda hit a sacrifice fly that was caught just in front of the right-centre wall. TRAINERS ROOM Nationals: RF Jayson Werth missed his third straight game but said he felt 50 per cent better after getting a cortisone injection for his ailing right shoulder. Williams thinks Werth might be available to pinch-hit Friday against Pittsburgh and could even start Saturday. Mets: RHP Matt Harvey (Tommy John surgery) heard from his manager a day after the ace boasted on a radio program that he was throwing in the mid-90s (mph) during a rehabilitation session. The team is being especially cautious with Harvey since starter Jeremy Hefner had a recent setback in his recovery from similar elbow reconstruction. But Harvey still says he wants to pitch this season. "The process is, right now youve got to understand its the big picture, and the big picture is 2015. So back off," Collins said he told Harvey. UP NEXT Nationals: RHP Tanner Roark (11-7) faces the Pittsburgh Pirates for the first time. In his first year in the rotation, the 23-year-old has allowed one run or fewer in 13 of his 20 starts since April 21. Mets: RHP Zack Wheeler (7-8) faces the Cubs on Friday night. Wheeler pitched 6 2-3 innings of two-hit ball in his only start against Chicago on June 3, a game the Mets lost 2-1. GOING STREAKING David Wright singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. Only one of the hits during the run was for extra bases, a double off Washingtons Craig Stammen last week. HOMER-HAPPY HARPER Harper also homered in the series opener, giving him two long balls in a series since April 25-28, 2013, against the Reds, STATS said. Kevin Jepsen Rays Jersey . Harris has played in six games since joining the Argos in 2012, completing 17-of-35 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown. Corey Dickerson Jersey . Dalton completed his only pass and led the Bengals to a touchdown in his only drive -- one that took four minutes to finish -- and the Cincinnati Bengals ended the preseason with a 27-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts on Thursday night.WASHINGTON -- New Yorks Cam Talbot and Washingtons Philipp Grubauer, two backup goalies making it hard for their coaches to keep them on the bench, combined for 68 saves on Friday night. Talbot came up one short. Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist, and Eric Fehr scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:09 left to lift the Capitals over the Rangers 3-2. Moments after New York defenceman Dan Girardis drive hit the post, Fehr took a pass from Backstrom during 4-on-4 play, skated in, and beat Talbot from the right circle for his sixth goal. "It was just a quick release that beat me," Talbot said. "Its (a save) Ive got to make, especially in a situation like that where its a tie game with five minutes to go and were pressing for the win." Mike Green added a goal, and Grubauer had 37 saves for Washington, which had dropped two straight before taking the finale of a three-game homestand. "Its huge," Grubauer said. "Every win is, because I havent played many games. Every win is a great feeling for me." Grubauer improved to 5-1-1 in eight games since being called up to Washington. "Right now, its only been eight games, and goalies -- like everybody -- have their waves," Capitals coach Adam Oates said. "Right now it looks like hes playing with confidence, and hes giving the players confidence." Benoit Pouliot and Carl Hagelin scored for New York, which had won two straight. It was the Rangers first game after a nine-game homestand. "Its disappointing, obviously. I thought we played a pretty strong game," Girardi said. "That last (goal) is tough. I hit the post then they come right back down and score." Talbot, making his third straight start in place of No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist, stopped 31 shots in the opener of a five-game road trip. He came in with an 8-2 record and a 1.60 goals against average in 12 games, and won the final two games of the homestand. Backstrom continued his impressive December and has 17 points in his last eight games. He began the night fourth in the NHL in points and third in assists, "Hes handling the puck with confidence, and hes making great plays," Fehr said. "Its what we expect of him, but its pretty unbelievable to watch." Hagelin tied the gaame with a short-handed goal 17 seconds into the third period. Chris Archer Jersey. He took a feed from Ryan McDonagh, skated in alone on Grubauer, and scored with a backhanded shot. The Rangers outshot Washington 14-7 in the opening period and had two power plays to one for the Capitals, but trailed 1-0. With Rick Nash off for tripping, Martin Erat sent a pass to Green at the point for a one-timed shot that got past Talbot on the glove side at 6:55 for his third goal. New York lost defenceman Anton Stralman to an undisclosed injury in the period and played the remainder of the game with five defencemen. "You go from six to five defencemen and youre top three have to log a tremendous amount of minutes," Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said, "Might make it a little bit more challenging in terms of defending and attacking, but thats not an excuse. Those are things that happen." The Rangers tied it on a power play when Pouliot deflected Brad Richards shot from the point past Grubauer at 1:37 of the second period. It was Pouliots sixth goal of the season and third in four games. The Capitals appeared to retake the lead midway through the second, but a replay review showed that Fehrs shot bounced off the post, went behind Talbot, but didnt cross the goal line. After a flurry of saves by Grubauer late in the period, the Capitals went ahead 2-1 when Steve Olesky pushed a loose puck ahead to Backstrom. Talbot could only get a piece of the shot from the right circle that produced Backstroms 10th goal with 1:05 left in the period. "Hes playing great, hes obviously in a groove," Oates said. "We count on him so much for so many touches in a game." Lundqvist, a three-time All-Star, signed a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension on Dec. 4 to become the highest paid NHL goalie. Since then, he is 2-4-2 with a 3.41 goals-against average in eight games. Lundqvist lost his most recent appearance 5-3 to the New York Islanders last Friday, giving up four goals on 19 shots. NOTES: Alex Ovechkin failed to score a goal for the ninth straight game against the Rangers, including the playoffs. ... Capitals C Brooks Laich (groin), who returned Monday after missing 11 games, was out of the lineup. ... RW Erat has 14 assists in 35 games, but hasnt scored a goal. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '

 

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