The Mets took an early 2-0 lead on the Astros, but Houston was able to come back for a 3-2 win on Friday night. >> Box Score
5 things to know about Friday's game...
1) Michael Wacha gave the Mets 2.2 innings of work. He allowed five hits, but he scattered them enough to allow just one earned run. He also struck out two and walked just one hitter, lowering his ERA to 1.07 for the spring, making a strong case for the Mets' fifth starter job.
2) Brandon Nimmo, hitting out of the leadoff spot, got things started in the first inning with a triple right out of the gates. He'd later come in to score the Mets' first run. Nimmo was 2-for-3 on the night and is now hitting .400 this spring.
3) The Mets had Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto, and Wilson Ramos hitting 2-3-4 in the lineup, but that trio failed to record a hit. Alonso did follow the Nimmo lead-off triple with an RBI groundout, but the trio combined to go 0-for-11 with four strikeouts.
4) Amed Rosario showed off his wheels in the top of the second inning, ripping a lead-off triple down the left-field line. Eduardo Nunez drove in the Mets' second run of the game, hitting a soft grounder to Alex Bregman at third that brought Rosario home. Rosario desperately needed the hit, as he's now he's now hitting just .095 this spring.
5) The Astros' first four hitters in the lineup -- George Springer, Josh Reddick, Alex Bregman, and Jose Altuve -- went a combined 3-for-11 from the plate with 11 runners left on base.
The Mets will be back in Port St. Lucie for a Saturday afternoon matchup with the Washington Nationals. Steven Matz is scheduled to take the ball for the Mets against Nats righty Austin Voth. First pitch is set for 1:10pm.