The Mets took down the defending champion Nationals, 3-1, in a split-squad spring training matchup in Port St. Lucie on Sunday. >> Box Score
5 things to know about Sunday's game...
1) Jacob deGrom picked up right where he left off last year, tossing three scoreless innings in his spring debut. The back-to-back Cy Young Award winner allowed just one hit and punched out two batters in 33 pitches. He retired the first four batters he faced in just eight pitches. The only hit he allowed was a single to Andrew Stevenson.
2) Robinson Cano picked up his first hit of the spring, a two-run double to right in the bottom of the first. He went 1-for-2 on the day.
3) Michael Conforto absolutely launched a homer to right field in the bottom of the sixth inning, as he went 1-for-2.
4) Jeff McNeil just continues to hit, picking up two singles to go 2-for-2 with a walk and run scored. He's hitting .500 so far this spring.
5) It was a much better outing for Edwin Diaz than his last. After allowing a leadoff double to Ryan Zimmermann, Diaz settled down and got his three outing in the top of the fourth inning. Justin Wilson also had a very solid inning of work, striking out all of his hitters.
The Mets are getting Monday off before they face the Marlins at 1:10 p.m. on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie.