VIERA, Fla. -- Kirk Nieuwenhuis delivered a tiebreaking two-out, two-strike, two-run single against right-hander Robert Gilliam in the top of the ninth and the Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 7-5, Thursday at Space Coast Stadium.
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Nieuwenhuis had walked with the bases loaded as the Mets produced four eighth-inning runs to take a 5-2 lead.
Ouch: With Ike Davis (calf) and Lucas Duda (hamstring) already sidelined, the Mets suffered another injury to a first baseman. Brandon Allen hobbled off the field after reaching second base in the top of the ninth on Nieuwenhuis’ decisive two-run single.
Allen injured a calf, although Terry Collins did not know the severity.
“He jumped out of the way of the ground ball and his calf grabbed,” Collins said. “We aren’t sure if it’s a cramp or a strain yet.”
What’s next: Vegas! Well, for half of Mets camp anyway.
A Mets contingent, which includes David Wright and Curtis Granderson, will fly Friday afternoon to Nevada in advance of a pair of weekend games against the Chicago Cubs at Cashman Field, home of the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate.
Meanwhile, those left behind will face the Miami Marlins on Friday in the first night game of spring training. Zack Wheeler opposes Stony Brook University product Tom Koehler in the 7:05 p.m. game in Jupiter (on WOR 710 AM).