NEW YORK - The Nationals are back within a game of .500, having spoiled the home opener of the New York Mets with a 6-2 victory on Friday afternoon.
They benefitted from nine walks issued by the Mets' pitching staff, scoring three runs (two of them initiated by walks) in the eighth inning. Ivan Rodriguez's two-run single split the game open in the eighth.
Jordan Zimmermann gets the win after pitching 5 1/3 innings, evening his record at 1-1. There was no save - this is the first time this year the Nationals have won a game by more than three runs, and it took them until their sixth win to get that comfortable of a victory last year.
More from the clubhouse in a little bit.