Michael Conforto stayed red hot at the plate and Jeurys Familia served as the opener during the Mets' 6-5 loss to the Nationals on Monday in Port St. Lucie. >> Box score
Five things to know about Monday's game ...
1. Conforto went yard for the third straight day, launching a two-run homer in the first inning for his fourth homer of the spring. The two-run shot gives him 10 RBI in Spring Training.
2. Familia tossed a perfect first inning with two strikeouts, lowering his spring ERA to 3.00 as he prepares to be the setup man for new closer Edwin Diaz.
3. Developments in the Mets' first-base battle. With the Mets down by three but with two runners on and no outs, Pete Alonso pinch-hit for DH Robinson Cano and hit a single off pitcher Erick Fedde's ankle to load the bases. Two batters later, Dom Smith reached on an error which saw two runs score to cut the deficit to one run. Smith finished 1-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout.
4. RHP Kyle Dowdy allowed five baserunners but still made his best impression of the spring by tossing three shutout innings in relief of Familia, including a perfect fourth. He struck out two while allowing three hits and two walks. Tim Peterson was charged with three earned runs on four hits and a walk in 1.2 innings, while Daniel Zamora gave up two runs in 0.2 of an inning and Luis Avilan gave up a run in 1.2 innings.
5. After clearing up a visa issue, Carlos Gomez made his spring debut, replacing Conforto in right field to begin the sixth inning. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.
The Mets head to Jupiter to take on the Marlins on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m.