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Pena hit his second home run in a Nationals uniform in only his third day with the club. He belted a 1-1 pitch over the left-field fence to give Washington a 1-0 lead in the second inning.

“He has the kind of power we’ve needed,” Young said. “Now he’s getting his chance to get some at-bats.”

Washington reliever Jesus Colome saw his first action since returning from Class AAA Columbus. Colome had a rough time catching up with his team as his flight to Washington was delayed twice Sunday, and he showed up at RFK in the eighth inning of an 8-2 loss to the Mets.

The reliever had a shaky start to the eighth yesterday, giving up a hit and a walk before ending the inning with a couple of fly outs. Colome finished the night without allowing another base runner.

“He complained about the grip on his breaking ball,” Acta said. “But he gave us the two innings we needed.”

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