03/17/08 4:00 PM ET
Zimmerman has two hits in return
O'Connor's strong start unravels in Mets' four-run fifth inning
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
at Viera, Fla.
Monday, March 17
Mets at the plate: Damion Easley drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center field. New York added four more runs in the fifth inning. David Wright highlighted the scoring with a two-run single.
Nationals at the plate: Dmirti Young scored the Nationals' first run of the game on a fielder's choice in the fifth inning. Ryan Zimmerman drove in the second run with a single in the sixth. An inning later, Garrett Guzman scored the third run on a double by Wil Nieves.
Mets on the mound: Left-hander Oliver Perez pitched five innings and gave up one unearned run. He struck out five batters and walked none. Right-hander Joe Smith gave up a run in his only inning on the mound.
Nationals on the mound: Left-hander Mike O'Connor lasted 4 2/3 innings and gave up five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits. Right-hander Brian Sanches didn't give up a run in 1 1/3 innings.
Grapefruit League records: Mets 13-7-1, Nationals 8-12-2.
Up next for the Nationals: They travel to Lakeland, Fla., to play the Tigers on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Washington right-hander Tim Redding will face Detroit right-hander Jeremy Bonderman.
Up next for the Mets: They have Tuesday off but return Wednesday to Port St. Lucie, Fla., to play the Indians at 7:10 p.m. Mets right-hander John Maine will face Cleveland left-hander Aaron Laffey.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.