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Mets edge Nationals in series opener

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Mets (48-54) got back in the win column Thursday night with a 2-1 victory over the Washington Nationals (43-60) in the series opener at Citi Field.

It was a scoreless game until the sixth inning when Keibert Ruiz lifted a sacrifice fly off Kodia Senga to give Washington an early 1-0 lead.

New York finally got on the board in the eighth and tied the contest on Daniel Vogelbach’s RBI single. Then, a thunderstorm rolled into the area during the middle of the eighth, causing a one-hour and 37-minute rain delay. When play resumed, Mark Caha put the Mets on top with a sacrifice fly before Brooks Raley closed it out in the ninth.

Senga, who has been New York’s best starting pitcher, tossed six innings of one-run ball while allowing just two hits and striking out five.

David Peterson fired two scoreless frames in relief of Senga. The left-hander has surrendered just one run over his last five innings.

The Mets will try to take the first two games of this four-game series on Friday at 7:10 p.m. Max Scherzer will take the ball.