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Mets top Nationals on Opening Day

The New York Mets opened the 2022 season with a 5-1 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday night at Nationals Park.

It was a scoreless game until the fifth when the Mets plated two runs to take a 2-0 lead. James McCann was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Starling Marte grounded into a RBI fielder’s choice.

New York added another pair of runs in the sixth when Mark Canha ripped a RBI single to center and Jeff McNeil followed that with a RBI single to right.

Juan Soto crushed a solo home run to right in the bottom half of the sixth to put the Nationals on the board.

Francisco Lindor capped off the scoring with a RBI single to left in the seventh.

Tylor Megill got the Opening Day start for the Mets and shined. He tossed five shutout innings and allowed just three hits while striking out six. New York’s bullpen was also very good as Trevor May allowed the lone run in the sixth. Adam Ottavino, Seth Lugo and Edwin Díaz each fired a scoreless inning.

Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Jeff McNeil and Mark Canha each collected two hits. Everyone in the starting lineup had at least a hit except for James McCann.

The Mets will try to take the first two games of this four-game series on Friday night. Max Scherzer will make his Mets debut while Josiah Grey will get the ball for the Nationals. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.