Dusty Baker

No Duda, no problem: Mets find power stroke, beat Nationals

Bartolo Colon's back was bothering him enough that he told New York Mets manager Terry Collins he wouldn't be able to hit another memorable home run. The heart of the lineup took care of that.

David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker connected on the day slugger Lucas Duda went on the disabled list, leading the Mets past the Washington Nationals 7-1 Monday night.

With Duda out at least four to six weeks with a stress fracture in his lower back, the Mets are missing a serious threat. But they showed they still have plenty of power, and they lead the National League with 63 home runs.

"It's a very difficult task to replace Duda," Cespedes said through a...