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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tom Milone follows through (Credit: AP)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tom Milone follows through on a three-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Nationals 8, Mets 7

Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run single with one out in the bottom of the ninth to beat Bobby Parnell and the Mets.

Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals drives
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Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals drives in the winning runs with a broken bat single in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals is
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Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals is mobbed by teammates after driving in the winning run in the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Bobby Parnell #39 of the New York Mets
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Bobby Parnell #39 of the New York Mets reacts after giving up a walk in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Sept. 3, 2011)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tom Milone, right, celebrates
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tom Milone, right, celebrates with teammate Jesus Flores (26) after hitting a three-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tom Milone, center, smiles
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tom Milone, center, smiles in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Dillon Gee #35 of the New York Mets
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Dillon Gee #35 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. (Sept. 3, 2011)

New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee delivers
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New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee delivers to the Washington Nationals during the first inning of a baseball game. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Tom Milone #46 of the Washington Nationals pitches
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Tom Milone #46 of the Washington Nationals pitches in his major league debut against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. (Sept. 3, 2011)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tom Milone follows through
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tom Milone follows through on a three-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals is
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Ryan Zimmerman #11 of the Washington Nationals is tagged out trying to steal second base by Justin Turner #2 of the New York Mets at Nationals Park. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Tom Milone #46 of the Washington Nationals hits
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Tom Milone #46 of the Washington Nationals hits a home run in his first at bat in his major league debut against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. (Sept. 3, 2011)

New York Mets' Jason Bay watches his two-run
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New York Mets' Jason Bay watches his two-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa (18) is forced out
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Washington Nationals' Danny Espinosa (18) is forced out at second base as New York Mets second baseman Justin Turner (2) holds the ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game. (Sept. 3, 2011)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tom Milone delivers to
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Tom Milone delivers to the New York Mets during the fourth inning of a baseball game. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Ryan Zimmerman #11 and Rick Ankiel #24 of
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Ryan Zimmerman #11 and Rick Ankiel #24 of the Washington Nationals meet with fans before the game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. (Sept. 3, 2011)

Manager Davey Johnson #5 of the Washington Nationals
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Manager Davey Johnson #5 of the Washington Nationals talks to the media before the game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park. (Sept. 3, 2011)

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