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“We can take a lot of things that are positive with us at the end with a win here,” manager Jim Riggleman said. “I thought a lot of good things happened during the season. We wanted to win 70. Seventy sounds better than 69.”

Adam Dunn went 1 for 4 in what could be his last game with the Nationals. He can become a free agent after the season.

Pelfrey was sharp for seven innings, then was pulled for a pinch hitter. Manuel gave him a hug before helping him up the dugout steps.

One of the few bright spots this season, Pelfrey finished 15-9 with a 3.66 ERA. He gave up just one hit through four innings, but walked Bernadina to open the fifth.

“I finished on a very good note,” Pelfrey said. “I thought that was very important.”

Bernadina scored on Alberto Gonzalez’s single to center field.

New York, which got its first hit in the fourth, tied it in the bottom half on Thole’s double-play ball.

Washington starter Livan Hernandez pitched 6 2-3 innings, giving up a run and six hits.

NOTES: There were 110 homers hit at Citi Field this year, 28th in the majors. Only Safeco Field and Oakland Coliseum had fewer home runs entering Sunday. In 2009, there were 130 home runs in the spacious ballpark in Queens. … The Mets hit 128 home runs after sending just 95 over the fences last year, worst in the majors. … The Mets finished 47-34 at home, while the Nats were 28-53 on the road.