Noah Syndergaard dominated after the Mets jumped out to an early lead as they beat the Nationals, 6-2, on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. >> Box score
Five things to know about Tuesday's game...
1) Syndergaard was brilliant, not allowing his first hit until the sixth inning. Overall, he allowed two runs (on a Victor Robles two-run homer) on four hits while walking one and striking out six in 8.0 innings. He threw 102 pitches, with 64 going for strikes. Tuesday night's start was Syndergaard's second terrific start out of his last three, having thrown a shutout on May 2 against the Reds.
2) Wilson Ramos, who had not homered since April 16, ripped a grand slam down the left field line in the top of the first inning to give the Mets a 4-0 lead.
3) The Mets' other runs came courtesy of Brandon Nimmo, who drove an RBI double to deep center field in the sixth inning, and Dominic Smith, who demolished a solo homer way beyond the center field fence in the ninth. Smith's homer traveled 435 feet and had a 108 MPH exit velocity.
4) After the Mets extended their lead to four runs, Edwin Diaz sat down and Seth Lugo got loose. Lugo came in for the bottom of the ninth and nailed down the win, striking out three while walking around a two-out double.
5) With the loss, the Nats fell to 16-25 and put manager Dave Martinez' job in further peril.
The Mets play the second game of their three-game set against the Nats on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.
Wilmer Font gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Patrick Corbin for Washington.