Harper homers, Gio deals vs. Mets

Harper homers, Gio deals vs. Mets

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Bryce Harper hit his Major League-leading sixth spring home run, and the Nationals carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of a 3-1 win Thursday over the Mets at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

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Harper's solo shot marked the first run against Zack Wheeler, who hit 97 mph in his second Grapefruit League start. Wheeler also allowed a Stephen Drew RBI double in the second inning and a Ryan Zimmerman run-scoring single in the third. He threw 50 pitches, striking out two with a walk.

Harper's sixth homer of spring

"I just felt a little rusty, but it will come around," Wheeler said. "The pitches were coming out good."

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Continuing his strong spring, Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez did not allow a hit over five shutout innings.

"It was just one of those days you just keep going and keep attacking," said Gonzalez, who has now given up just one run on five hits in seven innings this spring.

It wasn't until Asdrubal Cabrera doubled with one out in the seventh that the Mets recorded their first hit. Moments later, pinch-runner Andres Gimenez scored the Mets' only run on a Rafael Bautista fielding error.

Mets Up Next: Steven Matz is set to start as the Mets return home for a 1:10 p.m. ET game Friday against the Cardinals. Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins, both members of the Opening Day bullpen, will also appear in the game, with Adam Wainwright scheduled to start for St. Louis. Watch the game live on MLB.TV.

Nationals Up Next: Erick Fedde will make his second Grapefruit League start of the season when the Nationals face the Marlins on Friday afternoon at Roger Dean Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET. Fedde, the club's No. 2 prospect as rated by MLBPipeline.com, has not allowed a run in seven innings this spring with four strikeouts and one walk.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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