- Associated Press - Saturday, October 2, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - David Wright hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to power a New York Mets’ starting lineup of seven rookies past the Washington Nationals 7-2 Saturday.

Raul Valdes outpitched Yunesky Maya in the first matchup of Cuban starters in seven years, and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey made his first relief appearance in a season in which he has emerged as a key member of the Mets’ rotation at 36 years old.

Wright homered off reliever Tyler Clippard (11-8). On Friday night, Josh Thole homered against Clippard in the 10th inning to give New York a 2-1 victory.

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