WASHINGTON – Nelson Cruz scored his 450th home run and added a two-run three-round single in the eighth inning that lifted the Washington Nationals over the Mets 4-2 on Sunday and prevented New York in the first game of four games.
Washington fell 2-1 in the eighth when Yadiel Hernández singled out the lead against Chasen Shreve and Maikel Franko singled out Dee Strange-Gordon in third against Trevor Williams (0-1).
Lucius Fox, who began his debut in the major leagues, dragged the victim victim with a safety grip, and Strange-Gordon slid home head first before first seed Pete Alonso slipped under his arm.
Victor Robles sacrificed, and Cesar Hernandez landed Alonso, whose throw per second for the force was wide on the right side of the field due to a mistake. Juan Soto landed on Alonso, who threw home for a forceout.
Cruz, who brought the Nationals to the lead in the first inning with his first run for Washington. landed a quick ball in the middle and right next to short-lived Francisco Lindor for a 4-2 lead.
Kyle Finnegan (1-0) set up a perfect eighth, and Tanner Rainey bypassed Mark Canha’s single in the ninth for his first defense.
New York was trying its fifth 4-0 start, the first since 2012. The Mets have not swept the Nationals in Washington since 2018.
Erick Fedde became the first Washington starter to score five innings, allowing two runs and five goals. Francisco Lindor’s first homer tied the game in the fifth match of 34, when Canha hit a single.
Mets starter Carlos Carrasco pulled off 15 consecutive hitters after allowing a single in the first inning to Josh Bell. Carrasco allowed two goals, hit five and lost none in 5 2/3 innings.
Mets closer to Edwin Díaz stays away from the team after the death of his grandfather. He is expected to rejoin the team on Monday in Philadelphia and may be activated on Tuesday.
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Mets: OF Starling Marte was not in Sunday’s starting lineup. Marte had oblique pain at the beginning of spring training. Showalter said Marte “feels great,” but the manager wants to be careful.
Citizens: RHP Aníbal Sánchez is “suspicious” of Monday’s expected start in Atlanta because of a stiff neck. The Nationals also put Mason Thompson’s RHP (right biceps strain) on the ten-day injured list. RHP Hunter Harvey has been withdrawn from Triple-A Rochester.
Mets: RHP Taiyuan Walker will make his season debut on Monday in Philadelphia.
Citizens: They weren’t sure who would start Monday in Atlanta.