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Mets hold off Nationals in series opener

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  • Kyle Evans 

Things got scary in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the New York Mets (25-35) held on for an 8-7 victory over the Washington Nationals (27-32) in the series opener on Monday night.

Manager Carlos Mendoza asked Adam Ottavino to get the final three outs with the Mets holding a three-run lead, but he did not get the job done. The right-hander recorded just one out and allowed two runs on two hits before Jake Diekman closed it out.

Mark Vientos went 2-for-4 with a solo shot, his fifth home run of the season. Jose Iglesias collected three hits and drove in a run. Luis Torrens picked up his first hit as a Met with a two-run double. Harrison Bader plated two runs, while Francisco Lindor added an RBI single.

Tylor Megill was charged with five runs (four earned) over five innings.

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The Mets will try to win the series on Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. with David Peterson on the mound.