Matt Harvey outpitched Stephen Strasburg in a marquee matchup of young aces, escaping a late bases-loaded jam while the crowd chanted his name and leading the New York Mets over the Washington Nationals 7-1 Friday night.

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Ike Davis and Lucas Duda each hit two home runs, providing an ample cushion for Harvey and the Mets to end their three-game skid.

Harvey and Strasburg paired off for the first time in their careers, with many projecting the celebrated 24-year-olds will duel far into the future. Harvey (4-0) was equal to the challenge and started out fast, striking out leadoff man Denard Span with 98 mph heat.

Davis and Duda hit solo home runs in the sixth -- the first time Strasburg (1-3) ever had been tagged twice in an inning -- for a 4-0 lead. The 26,675 fans at Citi Field celebrated, breaking into cheers of "Harvey's better!" that bounced around the ballpark.

 

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