Mets spoil Scherzer’s Nationals debut

Washington, DC ( – Lucas Duda hit a two-run single in the
sixth inning and the New York Mets beat Max Scherzer and the Washington
Nationals by a 3-1 margin on Monday.

Scherzer’s debut with the Nationals got off to a great start. The 2013
American League Cy Young award winner retired 17 in a row after walking Curtis
Granderson to open the game.

But Granderson walked again with two outs in the sixth. David Wright then
lifted a high pop to shallow right field. Shortstop Ian Desmond called off
second baseman Dan Uggla, but the ball hit off Desmond’s glove. Granderson
advanced to third while Wright took second on the error. One batter later,
Duda hit a two-run single to right-center field for a 2-1 Mets lead.

The Mets scored another run in the seventh. With one out, Juan Lagares reached
on Desmond’s throwing error and scored on a triple to center by catcher Travis

Scherzer (0-1), who signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nats
in the offseason, was charged with three unearned runs on four hits over 7 2/3
innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked two.

The 30-year-old Scherzer, a former first-round draft pick by the Arizona
Diamondbacks in 2006, made his return to the National League after five
seasons with the Detroit Tigers. After winning 21 games in 2013, Scherzer went
18-5 with a 3.15 ERA and a career-high 252 strikeouts last season.