Rapid Reaction: Nats 6, Mets 2

WHAT IT MEANS: That perfect start to the season? After Washington beat the Mets, 6-2, Tuesday night at Citi Field, it’s over -- one win shy of matching the franchise-record 5-0 start the Mets posted in 1985 under Davey Johnson, who is now in the Nats’ dugout.

The worst news: The Mets announced during Tuesday’s game that David Wright had suffered a fracture to the middle joint of his right pinkie during the previous night’s game. He will wear a splint, but will not require surgery.

The Mets already had lost starting center fielder Andres Torres during the opening homestand with a strained left calf muscle.

Dillon Gee

Dillon Gee

#35 SP
New York Mets

2012 STATS

  • GM1
  • W0

  • L1

  • BB1

  • K6

  • ERA5.06

OH, GEE: Dillon Gee allowed a game-opening homer to Ian Desmond after falling behind in the count, 2-0. But Gee kept the Nats off the scoreboard until a three-run sixth, which was exacerbated by fielding difficulties.

With the score 2-0 and two Nats on base with one out in the sixth, Bobby Parnell entered. Daniel Murphy then committed an error on a would-be inning-ending double-play grounder by Roger Bernadina. Wilson Ramos followed by sending a ball to deep right-center. Lucas Duda could not handle the catchable ball, which was scored an RBI double.

Gee was charged with four runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out six and walking one in 5 1/3 innings.

Parnell, who surrendered another run in the seventh for a 5-0 Nats lead, ended up throwing 51 pitches in 1 2/3 innings. He recorded four strikeouts.

Murphy, by the way, also lost the handle while trying to turn a double play in the first inning. He was credited with the out at second base, so there was no error assessed on that play. He also failed to turn a double play in the ninth -- his third miss on a would-be twin killing in the game.

UNLIKE IKE: Ike Davis pinch hit with two on and two out in the seventh and fanned against Sean Burnett by chasing a third strike in the dirt. Davis is 0-for-16 on the season, with seven strikeouts.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Mets conclude their season-opening six-game homestand with a stellar matinee matchup Wednesday. Johan Santana, pitching on an extra day of rest and likely capped at 95 pitches, opposes Nats phenom Stephen Strasburg.