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Murphy powers Mets' offense in first game of doubleheader

4:10 PM, Jul 26, 2013   |    comments
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Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Daniel Murphy went 4-for-5, homered twice and knocked in five runs to back an excellent performance from Jenrry Mejia, as the New York Mets took the opener of a day-night doubleheader with ease in an 11-0 romping of the Washington Nationals.

Murphy's second career multi-homer game was more than enough for Mejia (1-0), who stifled the Nationals in his season debut with seven strikeouts over a seven impressive scoreless innings.

New York has won five of its last seven and will go for the sweep of the twinbill when it hands the ball over to ace Matt Harvey later on Friday night.

Jordan Zimmermann (12-6) had gone 22 straight starts without losing at home, but has now dropped two in a row after being tagged for five runs on six hits over 6 2/3 frames. He struck out eight and gave up both of Murphy's home runs.

The slumping Nationals managed just eight hits while dropping their 11th game in 14 outings.

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