Cano's HR, head's up play at 2B help deGrom, Mets top Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) On a day that Jacob deGrom struck out 10 in six scoreless innings, and Max Scherzer fanned 12, it was New York Mets newcomer Robinson Cano who decided the outcome with a homer, an RBI single and head's-up throw to the plate.

Interrupting a pair of performances befitting the owners of the past three NL Cy Young Awards, Cano went deep against Scherzer in his debut at-bat for the Mets and saved a run with an unusual double play, and New York edged the Bryce Harper-less Washington Nationals 2-0 in the opener for both teams Thursday.

While the Nationals' offense clearly missed its former slugger - Harper was up I-95, playing Game 1 of his $330 million contract for the Philadelphia Phillies - Cano showed why the Mets wanted to get him from the Seattle Mariners in a December deal that also landed closer Edwin Diaz, who got the save Thursday.

Cano, an eight-time All-Star, drove a changeup to left-center on Scherzer's 13th pitch of the season. The shot quieted a sellout crowd of 42,263 on a sunny afternoon with the temperature at 56 degrees for the start.

''Missed by a little bit too much over the middle,'' lamented Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award recipient who was runner-up to deGrom last season. ''You do that in this league, you get burned.''

Cano became the first Mets player to go deep in his initial at-bat with the club since Mike Jacobs in 2005, and the 10th overall.

It was his play at second base that was the talk of both clubhouses.

The Nationals had runners at the corners in the third, but deGrom struck out Trea Turner, then got Anthony Rendon to hit a grounder to third. The runner there, 21-year-old rookie Victor Robles, hesitated before heading home. Cano took the throw from third for the forceout a second, then zipped the ball to the plate. Robles wound up tagged out for a 5-4-2-5 double play.

''He's probably the only guy in baseball that makes that play, and it was a no-look pass to home, to boot,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. ''The runner at third probably did the wrong thing - and Cano made him pay.''

Robles acknowledged as much.

''To be honest, I got a little confused,'' Robles said through a translator. ''In the middle of the moment, I realized I had made the mistake, so I tried to kind of make up for it.''

He is Washington's man in center field, where Harper spent a lot of time a year ago, and that gaffe on the bases stood out more than Robles' double or his diving catch. With Harper no longer in the heart of the lineup, 2018 NL Rookie of the Year runner-up Juan Soto hit cleanup, and he went 0 for 3.

A day after signing a $137.5 million contract, deGrom (1-0) set a major league mark with his 30th consecutive start allowing three runs or fewer. Scherzer (0-1) was charged with both of the Mets' runs in 7 2/3 innings.

They are only the second pair of starters in an opening day game to get double-figure strikeouts. The others: Dave McNally of the Orioles and Sam McDowell of the Indians in 1970.

''You can all see what happens,'' Washington's Adam Eaton said, ''when two Cy Young winners go head-to-head.''

WAY TO GO, ROOK

Mets 1B Pete Alonso started in his major league debut and went 1 for 4 with a single off RHP Justin Miller in the eighth. ''It was awesome. It felt like a big - not a monkey, but a gorilla hopped off my back,'' Alonso said.

NUMBERS

Jake Arrieta (2015-16) held the old multiple-season mark of 29 consecutive starts giving up three or fewer runs. ... Turner stole three bases. ... This was Scherzer's 83rd career game with at least 10 Ks.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard will pitch Game 2 on Saturday. He is 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA in five starts at Washington.

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg is 8-5 with a 2.83 ERA in 17 starts against the Mets, his fewest against a division opponent.

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  • HR: NYM - R. Cano (1)
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  • a-walked for Lugo in the 8th
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  • a-struck out for Gomes in the 9th
BATTING
  • HR - R. Cano
  • RBI - R. Cano 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Cano 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Alonso, M. Conforto 2 (2), J. McNeil, A. Rosario
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Robles
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rendon, R. Zimmerman 3 (3), B. Dozier
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Rosario
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (McNeil-Cano-Ramos)
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J. deGrom (W, 1-0)6.050011000.001.0027.0
S. Lugo (H, 1)1.00000300.000.004.5
J. Familia (H, 1)1.00000000.000.003.0
E. Diaz (S, 1)1.00000100.000.0010.5
PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (W, 1-0)6.0
S. Lugo (H, 1)1.0
J. Familia (H, 1)1.0
E. Diaz (S, 1)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Scherzer (L, 0-1)7.222231212.350.6518.0
J. Miller0.01000000.000.00-1.0
M. Grace0.11000000.003.00-1.0
K. Barraclough1.01000000.001.002.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 0-1)7.2
J. Miller0.0
M. Grace0.1
K. Barraclough1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Familia
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 93-59, S. Lugo 15-11, J. Familia 17-10, E. Diaz 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 2-5, J. Familia 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 23, S. Lugo 3, J. Familia 4, E. Diaz 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 109-76, J. Miller 6-5, M. Grace 4-3, K. Barraclough 17-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 7-4, K. Barraclough 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 28, J. Miller, M. Grace 2, K. Barraclough 3
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  • a-walked for Lugo in the 8th
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  • a-struck out for Gomes in the 9th
BATTING
  • HR - R. Cano
  • RBI - R. Cano 2 (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Cano 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Alonso, M. Conforto 2 (2), J. McNeil, A. Rosario
BATTING
  • 2B - V. Robles
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rendon, R. Zimmerman 3 (3), B. Dozier
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. Rosario
BASERUNNING
  • SB - T. Turner 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - (McNeil-Cano-Ramos)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. deGrom (W, 1-0)6.050011000.001.0027.0
S. Lugo (H, 1)1.00000300.000.004.5
J. Familia (H, 1)1.00000000.000.003.0
E. Diaz (S, 1)1.00000100.000.0010.5
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PITCHERSIP
J. deGrom (W, 1-0)6.0
S. Lugo (H, 1)1.0
J. Familia (H, 1)1.0
E. Diaz (S, 1)1.0
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J. Miller0.01000000.000.00-1.0
M. Grace0.11000000.003.00-1.0
K. Barraclough1.01000000.001.002.0
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PITCHERSIP
M. Scherzer (L, 0-1)7.2
J. Miller0.0
M. Grace0.1
K. Barraclough1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Familia
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. deGrom 93-59, S. Lugo 15-11, J. Familia 17-10, E. Diaz 14-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. deGrom 2-5, J. Familia 1-2
  • Batters Faced - J. deGrom 23, S. Lugo 3, J. Familia 4, E. Diaz 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Scherzer 109-76, J. Miller 6-5, M. Grace 4-3, K. Barraclough 17-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Scherzer 7-4, K. Barraclough 1-1
  • Batters Faced - M. Scherzer 28, J. Miller, M. Grace 2, K. Barraclough 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Cano singled to shallow left, Smith scored, Broxton to second20
  • 1ST INNING
    Cano homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kyle Barraclough relieved Matt Grace
    • W. Ramos: Ramos lined out to center
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McNeil grounded out to second
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rosario singled to center
    • J. Lagares: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Rosario caught stealing second, catcher to second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Edwin Diaz relieved Jeurys Familia
    • J. Soto: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto lined out to right
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Zimmerman lined out to right
    • Matt Adams hit for Yan Gomes
    • M. Adams: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Adams struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
    • Dominic Smith hit for Seth Lugo
    • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
    • B. Nimmo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • Justin Miller relieved Max Scherzer
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Alonso singled to center, Smith to second
    • Matt Grace relieved Justin Miller
    • Keon Broxton ran for Pete Alonso
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Ball, Cano singled to shallow left, Smith scored, Broxton to second
    • M. Conforto: Conforto fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jeurys Familia pitching
    • V. Robles: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Robles lined out to shortstop
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Eaton hit by pitch
    • T. Turner: Ball, Turner reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Eaton out at second
    • A. Rendon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rendon flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Conforto flied out to left
    • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Ramos grounded out to third
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, McNeil walked
    • A. Rosario: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Rosario grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Seth Lugo relieved Jacob deGrom
    • Y. Gomes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • M. Scherzer: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Scherzer struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Nimmo struck out on foul tip
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
    • R. Cano: Strike swinging, Foul, Cano flied out to center
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • T. Turner: Foul, Turner singled to left
    • A. Rendon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Turner stole second, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rendon grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Soto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Turner stole third, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • R. Zimmerman: Zimmerman flied out to right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • J. Lagares: Lagares grounded out to third
    • J. deGrom: Ball, Strike swinging, deGrom lined out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • M. Scherzer: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Scherzer struck out swinging
    • V. Robles: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Robles struck out looking
    • A. Eaton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Eaton struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Foul, Foul, Cano grounded out to third
    • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Ramos singled to shallow left
    • J. McNeil: Foul, McNeil grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • J. Soto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Soto struck out swinging
    • R. Zimmerman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Zimmerman struck out swinging
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Ball, Gomes singled to shallow left
    • B. Dozier: Dozier lined out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
    • J. deGrom: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, deGrom struck out on foul tip
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Alonso grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • V. Robles: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Robles doubled to deep left
    • A. Eaton: Eaton singled to right, Robles to third
    • T. Turner: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Turner struck out swinging
    • A. Rendon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Rendon reached on a double play second to catcher to third, Robles out at home, Eaton out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ramos grounded out to second
    • J. McNeil: McNeil flied out to left
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Rosario struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • Y. Gomes: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomes struck out swinging
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • M. Scherzer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Scherzer struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Scherzer Pitching:
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • P. Alonso: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Alonso struck out on foul tip
    • R. Cano: Strike swinging, Ball, Cano homered to center
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. deGrom Pitching:
    • A. Eaton: Strike looking, Eaton popped out to shortstop
    • T. Turner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Turner singled to left
    • A. Rendon: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Rendon flied out to center
    • J. Soto: Strike looking, Turner stole second, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Soto walked
    • R. Zimmerman: Ball, Zimmerman lined out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)