The left-handed slugger got off to better start in August, going 6-for-17 with two doubles in his first five games. Wednesday night, though, may be the performance that gets LaRoche back on track.
"It's nice to see them go in the seats and not to the warning track or just foul. I felt like I was snake bit last month," LaRoche said. "I never really felt lost at the plate, which I have plenty of times in the past. But I just felt like I was right there, felt like any night, it was going to click and [I would] start squaring up balls."
LaRoche's first home run of the contest came in the opening inning, when he belted a 2-1 cutter from Mets left-hander Jonathon Niese into the right-field seats. It was a two-run jack that nearly landed in the upper deck and put the Nationals up 3-0.
LaRoche hit his second dinger off Mets reliever Carlos Torres in the eighth, driving a 2-2 changeup over the center-field fence, about 20 feet to the right of the 402 sign.
"He's going to continue to hit in the middle of our order, and tonight was a good example of him being on time," manager Matt Williams said. "When he's hitting those lofty fly balls to left field, he's just a tick off. Tonight, his timing was much better."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.