Mets storm back, but fall to Nationals

Mets storm back, but fall to Nationals

at Viera, Fla.
Monday, March 12

Mets at the plate: Jose Reyes tripled to start the first inning and later scored on a groundout by Paul Lo Duca. Reyes also had a two-run single in the seventh. Outfielder Lastings Milledge drove in a run in the same inning with an infield single. David Newhan had a run-scoring single against Ray King in the eighth. King was charged with another run when Milledge singled up the middle to tie the score at 6.

Nationals at the plate: Chris Snelling hit a three-run homer off reliever Jon Adkins in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 6-6 tie. Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-3, including a solo home run in the fifth inning. Pinch-hitter Cristian Guzman had a two-run single in the fourth. Robert Fick had a hit and scored a run.

Mets on the mound: Chan Ho Park pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on five hits. He struck out six and walked two. He threw 76 pitches, 42 for strikes. Right-hander Alay Soler gave up two runs in 1 2/3 innings.

Nationals on the mound: Right-hander Shawn Hill had his best outing of the spring, giving up one run in four innings. He threw 56 pitches, 34 for strikes. Right-hander Joel Hanrahan continue to have problems, giving up three runs in 2 1/3 innings.

Grapefruit League records: Mets 4-9-1, Nationals 4-8.

Up next: The Mets travel to Winter Haven, Fla., to play the Indians on Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Left-hander Jason Vargas will face Cleveland ace C.C. Sabathia.

The Nationals have the day off on Tuesday, but they travel to Jupiter, Fla., on Wednesday at 1:05 p.m. to face the Cardinals for the first time this spring. Right-hander Jason Simontacchi will make his third start of the spring for Washington, while right-hander Anthony Reyes goes for St. Louis.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.