By Sam Bush
Amed Rosario and Pete Alonso homered in the first inning as the Mets beat the Nationals 5-3.
Carlos Gomez cracked an RBI double off the wall for his first Mets hit in 12 years, and Todd Frazier had a run-scoring single to help New York (21-25) stop a five-game losing streak.
After the Mets built a 4-0 lead in the third against Patrick Corbin, fill-in starter Wilmer Font and five relievers held off the rival Nationals in the opener of a four-game series.
Anthony Rendon homered again and Yan Gomes ended an 0-for-23 slump with three hits for Washington, including an RBI single. Juan Soto also singled home a run to make it 4-3 before Robert Gsellman got out of the eighth.
Corbin (4-2) was tagged for four runs and six hits over five innings. The $140 million lefty, who has faced the Mets four times in 10 starts this season, struck out 11 in a 5-1 victory against them at home last Wednesday.
“They made me battle all night,” Corbin said. “They’ve seen me a lot. I’ve seen them a lot. Tonight they got me. Just made a couple mistakes, wasn’t as sharp as I’ve been.”
Pinch-hitter Dominic Smith delivered a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the eighth on the first pitch from left-hander Tony Sipp, who came off the injured list earlier in the day.
Font, pitching in place of injured Jason Vargas, was told he was starting when he arrived at the ballpark. He lasted four innings before Drew Gagnon (2-0) tossed two hitless innings. Edwin Diaz pitched out of trouble in a scoreless ninth for his 11th save in 11 tries.
“It was super important to get home and to get that first victory out of the way,” Font said through a translator.
Washington dropped to 2-14 in series openers this season.
The Mets had lost 21 of 32 games overall, including all three at major league-worst Miami over the weekend — becoming the first team to get swept by the lowly Marlins since 2017. New York totaled only three hits in consecutive shutouts Saturday and Sunday, the first time the club was held to two hits or fewer in consecutive games since 1967.
“We’re not looking to blame a manager,” Van Wagenen said. “He has our full support to lead this team for the foreseeable future.”
It took all of six batters for the Mets to get three hits Monday.
Rosario’s homer to straightaway center field on Corbin’s fourth pitch, an 0-2 fastball, snapped a 19-inning scoreless stretch. Alonso hit his 15th home run two batters later, matching Ron Swoboda (1965) for most by a Mets rookie before the All-Star break.
“That was great,” Frazier said. “Kind of came together today, talked about a few things, got a few things off our chest. We felt good going into today’s game.”