Facing his former team for the first time, Daniel Murphy walked and scored on Anthony Rendon's two-run single in a four-run first inning against Rafael Montero in the Washington Nationals' 9-4 win over the New York Mets on Thursday.
Washington ace Max Scherzer, who no-hit the Mets in his final start last season, allowed one hit and struck out one over two innings. Scherzer also pitched a no-hitter against Pittsburgh last year.
After homering in a record six straight postseason games and helping the Mets reach the World Series for the first time since 2000, Murphy left as a free agent and signed a $37.5 million, three-year contract with the Nationals.
Resting their top young starters during the first time through their spring training rotation, the Mets began the exhibition season with Montero, who also allowed Bryce Harper's RBI single.
Murphy grounded into a double play in the second against Gabriel Ynoa.
Trea Turner hit a solo home run for Washington.
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