The Mets lost to the Nationals, 6-4, on Thursday afternoon. >> Box score
Five things to know about Thursday's game
1. Jacob deGrom got the start and allowed two runs on two hits (including a solo homer by Adam Eaton) while walking two and striking out four in 3.0 innings. DeGrom has three more starts remaining before the season, with him scheduled to be the Opening Day starter on March 28 against the Nationals.
2. Pete Alonso got the start at first base and went 2-for-5 with a single and double. His OPS in Grapefruit League play is 1.276.
3. Brandon Nimmo went 1-for-3 in his return to the outfield, and Michael Conforto went 1-for-4 with an RBI.
4. J.D. Davis, fighting for a spot on the roster -- and potentially a spot in the Opening Day lineup -- got the start at third base and went 0-for-3.
5. Paul Sewald and Eric Hanhold, on the fringes of the bullpen competition, each tossed 1.0 scoreless inning. Daniel Zamora, also on the outskirts of the competition, was hit hard, allowing two runs on three hits while walking two and striking out none in just 2/3 of an inning.
The Mets host the Marlins at First Data Field in Port St. Lucie on Friday at 1:10 p.m.
RHP Noah Syndergaard gets the start.