Six runs from the Nationals in the first inning set the tone for the game, as they beat the Mets, 10-6, on Sunday at FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches. >> Box score
Five things to know about Sunday's game ...
1. For the second straight game, Michael Conforto homered. This time, he drilled a two-run shot off Stephen Strasburg in the third inning. He worked a walked and struck out to raise his Grapefruit League average to .253 with a .782 OPS.
2. Pete Alonso also joined the homer party. The first baseman clubbed a two-run long ball to right in the seventh for his fourth home run of Spring Training and first since last Saturday. He now owns a 1.058 OPS as he is still convincing management he deserves to be on the Opening Day roster.
3. Perhaps no hitter in the Mets' lineup is hotter than Robinson Cano right now. After a 3-for-3 showing Saturday, the second baseman reached in all three plate appearances with a double, single and walk. He also scored a run and elevated his batting average to .486 this spring.
4. Lefty Ryan O'Rourke pitched two scoreless innings in relief, allowing two hits and striking out a pair. O'Rourke is not currently on the 40-man roster, but provides an interesting option out of the bullpen.
5. Hector Santiago started and had an opportunity to show the brass his stuff, but he was tagged for six earned runs on seven hits while recording just two outs.
The Mets will host the Nationals on Monday at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie. First pitch is schduled for 1:05 p.m.