Mets 3, Nationals 2: An anxious first game of the series

After dropping five consecutive series, the Mets got back on track with a 3-2 victory over the Nationals on Friday night to open their series. The Mets' typical poor start continued tonight.

Joey Meneses' RBI blooper with two outs in the bottom of the first inning got the Nationals on the board after Luis Garca had reached base safely after a walk and a steal. 

The Mets have now allowed at least one run in the first inning in six straight games. Their opponents have outscored them 35-9 so far this season in the first inning.Meanwhile,

despite making Nationals starter MacKenzie Gore throw 84 pitches in just three innings, the Mets left behind runners in scoring position on three separate

occasions (three in the first inning, two in the second, and two in the third). Tylor Megill, the starting pitcher for the Mets, 

did not fare much better than Gore in the first inning, allowing three singles and four walks to the struggling Nationals. However,

he only allowed Meneses to score once (in the first inning) and otherwise appeared to be in control while pitching in a jam.

Until the bottom of the fourth, anyway. With one out and a man on base, Megill induced youngster Jake Alu to hit a strong ground ball to a shifting Francisco Lindor.