Mets fall in 10th despite Vaughn's heroics

Mets fall in 10th despite Vaughn's heroics

Mets fall in 10th despite Vaughn's heroics
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Nationals used the long ball early and a clutch hit from Laynce Nix in the 10th inning to beat the Mets, 4-3, on Tuesday.

The Nationals took the lead in the second inning against Mets left-hander Chris Capuano. Mike Morse led off by hitting a 1-1 pitch over the left-field wall for his third homer of the exhibition season.

In the following inning, Jerry Hairston Jr. gave Washington a two-run lead, hitting a 3-1 pitch over the left-field wall.

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Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann started for the Nationals and pitched three shutout innings. Right-hander Brian Broderick replaced Zimmermann and allowed one run in three innings, as Daniel Murphy scored on a single by Nick Evans in the fifth.

Washington added to its lead in the top of the seventh inning when Brian Bixler hit a home run off right-hander Jason Isringhausen.

New York would tie the score at 3 in the ninth, when Cory Vaughn hit a two-run homer off left-hander Atahualpa Severino.

Nix then doubled off Dale Thayer in the 10th, scoring Eury Perez with the winning run.

Up next for the Mets: Looking to ramp up his throwing program this spring, Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez will make his third Grapefruit League appearance in Wednesday's 1:10 p.m. game against the Astros at Digital Domain Park, which can be seen on MLB.TV. Rodriguez, who typically only makes five or six Grapefruit League appearances per year, is looking to pitch more than a dozen times this spring. Also scheduled to appear for the Mets are right-handers Chris Young and Manny Acosta.

Up next for the Nats: The Nationals travel to Jupiter, Fla., on Wednesday to face the Marlins at 1:05 p.m. ET. The last time these two clubs met was last week at Space Coast Stadium, with Washington taking an 8-4 victory. Right-hander Jason Marquis will make the start for the Nationals. In his last outing, Marquis pitched three shutout innings against the Braves. He threw so few pitches in the game that he had to get extra work in a bullpen session.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.