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Friday, February 28, 2014
Nats 5, Mets 4: Still 90 wins to go

By Adam Rubin

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Ike Davis launched a two-run homer and Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom tossed two perfect innings apiece, but the Washington Nationals scored four runs over the final three innings to beat the Mets, 5-4, in both teams' Grapefruit League opener.

Leading 4-1 on Friday at Tradition Field, left-hander Adam Kolarek surrendered two runs in the seventh, the second unearned because of a throwing error from right fielder Cesar Puello. The Nats evened the score in the eighth against Gonzalez Germen. Jeff Walters, who had a Binghamton-record 38 saves last season with the Double-A club, then surrendered a game-deciding RBI triple to Michael Taylor in the ninth.

Puello had given the Mets a 2-1 lead with a two-run double in a four-run fifth that also included Davis' longball.

Wilfredo Tovar left the game with a right hamstring injury after coming up lame approaching first base in the seventh, but minimized the severity afterward.

What's next: The Mets face the Miami Marlins on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. at Tradition Field. John Lannan opposes Kevin Slowey. Also scheduled to pitch for the Mets: Vic Black, Scott Rice, Kyle Farnsworth and Ryan Reid.