WASHINGTON — Pete Alonso and Francisco Lindor scored, Max Scherzer defeated his former team, and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 7-3 Monday night for their seventh straight win on the eve of ace Jacob deGrom’s season debut.
Washington batsman Juan Soto met Scherzer in what may be his last game against the Nationals. Soto, who ran in his other three plate appearances, is perhaps the biggest star to be dealt before Tuesday’s close.
Several teammates could also leave Washington as the Nationals, who have the worst record in the majors at 35-69 and have lost four of five, are looking to sell for the second straight year.
The first-place Mets could still acquire a few pieces by the deadline, but their biggest addition will likely be deGrom. The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, who was shut down in spring training with a right shoulder blade stress reaction, has not played in the majors since July 2021 and will be left off the injury list on Tuesday. He missed the second half of last season with a strain in his right forearm and a sprained elbow.
Regardless of potential moves, New York had more than enough to deal with Patrick Corbin (4-15) and the Nationals on Monday. Jeff McNeil, Tomás Nido and Starling Marte all had RBI singles in second, and Alonso lined his 27th homer into the visitors’ bullpen in left field an inning later.
Alonso’s homer was the fifth of his career against Corbin, his best against a pitcher. He’s a .382 lifetime hitter (13 for 34) against the left-hander.
Lindor added a three-run drive in sixth off reliever Steve Cishek as New York improved to 9-2 against Washington that season.
Scherzer (7-2) won two Cy Young Awards with Washington, made six All-Star appearances in seven seasons and helped the Nationals win the 2019 World Series before being awarded to the Dodgers at last year’s trade deadline. He allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 2/3 innings and knocked out five. The right-hander has been 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA in six starts since returning from the injured list on July 5.
Soto, a two-time All-Star and one of the few key figures remaining from Washington’s 2019 title team, was loudly applauded throughout the night. He went in first, moved up to third with Josh Bell’s double and scored from right field after a throwing error by Marte. Soto also netted Scherzer’s pitch in fourth-to-mid field for his 21st homer of the season and 119th — and perhaps last — at Nationals.
Corbin, who leads the majors in losses, allowed four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out four. He has lost five starts in a row and has a 10.29 ERA in that span.
New York leadoff man Brandon Nimmo had four hits, his most since his career high five against Baltimore on Aug. 15, 2018.
Mets: RHP Trevor May (triceps inflammation) threw for Triple-A Syracuse Saturday and Sunday. Manager Buck Showalter said May could be activated as early as Wednesday. … C James McCann (left slant trunk) homered for Double-A Binghamton during a rehab session on Sunday and could be activated as early as Thursday. … Showalter said 1B/DH Dominic Smith (sprained right ankle) could begin a rehab assignment later this week. …New York sent RHP RJ Alvarez straight to Syracuse.
Nationals: OF Victor Robles, who missed Sunday’s game with leg cramps, returned to the lineup. … Washington selected INF Ildemaro Vargas’ contract from Triple-A Rochester.
NATS DEAL ADRIANZA
Washington sent energy utility Ehire Adrianza to Atlanta for minor league outfielder Trey Harris. Adrianza hit a .179 with no homers and seven RBI in 31 games for the Nationals. Harris, 26, hit a .238 with two homers and 16 RBI in 59 games for Double-A Mississippi.
Mets: DeGrom is making his first major league start since July 7, 2021. He’s 9-4 with a 2.44 ERA in 21 career starts against Washington.
Nationals: RHP Cory Abbott (0-0, 2:25) also makes his first start of the season on Tuesday night.