Jon Niese pitched seven scoreless innings and Jose Reyes went 3 for 4 as the Mets played through the rain in New York's Citi Field to notch a 3-0 win over the Washington Nationals. The win over the Nats pulled the Mets into a tie for last place with Washington in the National League East, two games under .500.
Despite the dismal conditions, the Mets could find things to feel positive about--Niese fanned seven batters in his performance, pitching out of a bases-loaded situation in the seventh inning, and Justin Turner continued to impress with a 2-4, 2-RBI night playing third base in place of the injured David Wright. Turner had two doubles and a walk.
Ruben Tejada made his season debut with the Mets at second base, going 1-3 with a strikeout, as youngsters continued to clock playing time with the parent team while the Mets deal with injuries. Daniel Murphy covered first base for Ike Davis, who is on the disabled list for an ankle injury, and Scott Hairston patrolled center field in place of Angel Pagan, who has a strained left oblique muscle. Both Davis and Pagan could rejoin the Mets by the end of May.
The Mets meet the Nationals again this afternoon at 1:10 at Citi Field, with Dillon Gee (2-0) facing off against Washington's Livan Hernandez (3-5). Hernandez has a 1.96 ERA against the Mets since 2009.