Washington Nationals defeat New York Mets, 2-1

WASHINGTON- The Mets got exactly what they craved from Johan Santana Thursday night, a dazzling performance that dispelled the notion that his days as an ace are over.

It was just the jolt the Mets needed after arriving here at 7 a.m. Thursday following a long, overnight flight from San Juan.

But the Mets - again - could not score for Santana, dooming them to a 2-1 loss to Washington in front of 20,167 at Nationals Park. It is the fifth time this season that Santana has...