The Mets lost to the Washington Nationals by the score of 7-4 at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm in the nightcap of a split-squad doubleheader.
Zack Wheeler was knocked around by the Nationals in the first inning. A pair of walks and three stolen bases from Trea Turner and Bryce Harper set the Nats up with runners on second and third with one out.
An Anthony Rendon sacrifice fly brought home Turner with the first run of the game. Then three straight two-out hits, including RBI singles from Brian Goodwin and Victor Robles increased the lead to 3-0.
Wheeler bounced back in the second, retiring the Nationals in order with a nine-pitch inning.
However, the Nats struck again for two more runs in the third. Bryce Harper picked up a single leading off the inning. He later came around to score on a Matt Wieters RBI single.
Washington added another two-out, run-scoring hit on a Jose Marmolejos RBI single, giving the Nationals a 5-0 lead. In total Wheeler gave up five runs on seven hits and walked two while throwing 65 pitches over three innings.
Seth Lugo was the first pitcher out of the bullpen. He allowed a hit and a walk in the fourth, but was able to get out of the inning on an Anthony Rendon strikeout and a Goodwin fly out. Lugo continued his strong spring with 1.1 scoreless innings.
Lugo was pulled for Corey Taylor, who recorded the last two outs in the fifth.
Hansel Robles came into the game in the seventh and tossed two scoreless innings.
That was the only hit the Mets were able to manage off of Scherzer as he struck out nine batters over five innings.
In the eighth, Rosario launched his first home run of the spring, cutting the lead to 7-4.
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David Thompson continued his strong spring with a single in the eighth and he is hitting .348.
The Mets travel to Rodger Dean Stadium in Jupiter as they take on the Miami Marlins at 1:05 pm. The game will not be televised, but can be heard on 710 WOR.