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Hitting highlight: The Nats jumped out with an early lead in the win, scoring two runs in the second and two more in the third, all on home runs. The first two came on back-to-back solo shots by Ian Desmond and Denard Span. The third homer was a two-run smash by Harper in the third inning to score Haren who had reached with a double.
Pitching highlight: Haren hasn't been the man the Nats thought he was this season, but on Saturday he looked every bit the superstar pitcher he used to be. The veteran started the day off with three hitless innings and finished with seven frames of one-run ball. He allowed three hits and a walk, striking out six on 103 total pitches. Today was just the third time in 19 starts this season he's lasted more than six innings.
Key stat: Span's homer was his first of the season and in turn the first he's hit as a Nationals player. It also marked the seventh time this season the Nats have hit back-to-back home runs.
Up next: The Nats and Mets finish off their four-game series with a Sunday afternoon (1:35 p.m.) game. Rookie Taylor Jordan (0-3, 3.68 ERA) will look for his first MLB win against Carlos Torres (1-1, 0.94).