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Mets Swept by Nationals to Start Season

Tanner Roark recovered from a shaky first inning as an emergency starter in place of ailing Jordan Zimmermann, and the Washington Nationals rallied past the New York Mets 8-2 Thursday for an opening three-game sweep.

Daniel Murphy, New York Mets
Daniel Murphy of the New York Mets makes an error at Citi Field in Flushing. (Al Bello, Getty Images)

Ryan Zimmerman tied his career high with four hits, including three that led off innings. His second-inning home run started the Nationals’ comeback from a 2-0 deficit.

Washington’s leadoff batter reached in the first seven innings, and the Nationals rallied to win for the third time in the series. While Washington opened 3-0 for the second straight season, the Mets fell to 0-3 for the first time since 2005. They had not lost their first three home games since 1997.

Zimmermann, 19-9 last year, was fine Wednesday but developed a fever overnight and was throwing up. Roark, who had been scheduled to start Friday’s home opener against Atlanta, was told in the morning he’d be on the mound.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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