Result: The Mets took the opener of their three-game series in Washington on Tuesday night, 6-1, at Nationals Park.
Need to Know: Zack Wheeler dominated on the mound and at the plate, allowing just one run in 6 2/3 innings and driving in a run with a second-inning single. Daniel Murphy had three hits, two RBIs and a run scored, and Travis d’Arnaud scored a pair of runs. The Mets broke the game open with a three-run seventh inning, tagging two of those to Washington starter Gio Gonzalez. Gonzalez fell to 6-8.
Game Ball: Wheeler, who won his fourth straight decision, scattered seven hits and struck out five, improving to 7-8. Wheeler also lowered his earned-run average to 3.48.
What’s next: The Mets will send Jon Niese (5-7, 3.24) to the hill for the middle game in Washington. Doug Fister (10-3, 2.68) will get the ball for the Nationals.