Posted by Craig Mitchell at 6:44 PM
Lucas Duda lined a 2 out single in the top of the 6th inning scoring Curtis Granderson and David Wright. The Mets go on to beat the Nationals on opening day in Washington by the score of 3-1. The pitching match-up was Nationals new arrival Max Scherzer and the Mets Bartolo Colon….Both pitched extremely well. Colon yielding first blood when Bryce Harper broke a scoreless tie in the 4th with a solo homer (1). Scherzer had not allowed at hit going into the 6th. He walked Granderson for the second time in the game when a bloop by David Wright was misplayed by Ian Desmond and the Mets had 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. That brought up Duda who lined the 2 out single scoring Granderson and Wright and the Mets took the lead for good. In the 7th Travis d’Arnaud made it 3-1 with an RBI triple high off the wall in left-center scoring Juan Lagares who had reached on Desmond’s second error of the game. Colon gets the win going 6 strong innings allowing 3 hits, the 1 run (earned) he walked 1 and struck out 8. Scherzer went 7 2/3’s allowing all 3 runs (unearned) on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 8 as well. Carlos Torres pitched a scoreless 7th, Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless 8th . Jenrry Mejia became suddenly unavailable due to a sore elbow in the 9th. Jerry Blevins retired Harper and Buddy Carlyle came on and notched the emergency save, his first major league save. Colon is 1-0, Scherzer drops his NL debut and is now 0-1. The Mets are now 35-19 lifetime in season openers and are 35-11 since 1970. Tuesday is the obligatory off-day, Wednesday night the Nats and Mets meet again. 2014’s rookie of the year Jacob DeGrom goes for the Mets, Jordan Zimmermann goes for Washington.