April 6, 2015: Mets Beat Nationals on Opening Day

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Date: April 6, 2015
Mets starter: Bartolo Colon
Mets: 3
Nationals: 1
Winning pitcher: Bartolo Colon
Key player(s): Bartolo Colon, Lucas Duda, Travis d'Arnaud
Key play: Duda's two-run single, d'Arnaud's triple

The Mets faced the Nationals on Monday afternoon in Washington, The teams played a two-hour and thirty-five-minute game on Opening Day. The Mets began the new season with a 3-1 win over the Nats.

Bartolo Colon and the Nationals' Max Scherzer each started the game with three scoreless innings pitched. Scherzer hurled a perfect top of the fourth and Bryce Harper homered to lead off the bottom half. Colon retired the next three Washington batters to end the inning and Scherzer set down the Mets in order again in the top of the fifth. Bartolo then struck out all three batters in the bottom half.

Curtis Granderson drew a walk with two outs in the top of the sixth. David Wright reached on second base on shortstop Ian Desmond's error that allowed Granderson to advance to third. Lucas Duda followed with a single to drive home Granderson and Wright for a 2-1 Mets lead. Scherzer threw a called third strike past Michael Cuddyer to finish off the inning. Colon then pitched a scoreless bottom half.

With one out in the top of the seventh, Juan Lagares reached on Desmond's second error of the game. Travis d'Arnaud tripled to score Lagares with the Mets' third run. Scherzer retired Wilmer Flores on a foul pop-up to first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and fanned pinch-hitter Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the inning's third out. Mets' reliever Carlos Torres then set down the side on three straight infield ground balls in the bottom half.

Scherzer and the Nats' Xavier Cedeno combined to pitch a scoreless top of the eighth. The Mets' Jeurys Familia hurled a perfect bottom of the inning and d'Arnaud got a one-out single against Washington's Aaron Barrett in the top of the ninth. Flores went down on strikes and pinch-hitter John Mayberry drew a walk. Nationals' reliever Matt Thornton then got Granderson to ground out to second baseman Dan Uggla and finish off the inning.

Mets' reliever Jerry Blevins retired Harper on a line drive to right fielder Granderson to begin the bottom of the ninth. New York's Buddy Carlyle got Zimmerman to ground out to shortstop Flores. Carlyle then retired Wilson Ramos on a grounder to Flores that ended the game. The Mets had a season-opening victory.