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Mets top Nationals in series opener

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Mets defeated the Washington Nationals, 7-3, in the series opener on Monday night at Nationals Park.

Max Scherzer started for New York and allowed three runs (two earned) over 6 2/3 innings while walking two and striking out five.

The Nationals grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as Josh Bell grounded one through the right side for an RBI double. However, the lead did not last long.

In the top of the second, the Mets plated three runs to take the lead. Jeff McNeil, Tomas Nido, and Starling Marte each drove in a run with a single.

New York extended their lead in the top of the third as Pete Alonso launched his 27th home run of the season over the wall in left-center to make it 4-1.

Washington added a couple of runs in the bottom of the fourth to cut the Mets’ lead to one. Juan Soto belted a solo home run over the center-field wall, and Luis Garcia smoked an RBI single.

In the top of the sixth, Francisco Lindor broke the game open with a three-run home run over the wall in left-center to increase the lead to 7-3. That ended up being the difference as Joely Rodríguez and Adam Ottavino held the lead to secure the victory.

Brandon Nimmo had a nice night at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a run scored.

Jacob deGrom will make his season debut tomorrow as the Mets will try to secure another series win. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.