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Mets takeaways from Tuesday’s game against Nationals, including David Peterson’s four hitless innings

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The Mets lost to the Washington Nationals, 5-0, on Tuesday afternoon as their spring training slate continued.

Here are the takeaways…

David Peterson, in a battle with Tylor Megill for the No. 5 spot in the starting rotation, was nearly perfect.

In four hitless innings, Peterson’s only blemish was a walk. He struck out five and was basically on cruise control throughout, as his spring training ERA stayed at 0.00.

It was Peterson’s first start since being hit in the foot by a batted ball on March 5. He exited that game early, but suffered only a bruise.

Brett Baty had another strong day in the field but a quiet day at the plate. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Francisco Alvarez started at catcher and smoked a single to right field his second time up. He finished 1-for-2.

Mark Vientos had a rough day at the dish, striking out three times.

Starling Marte made his return to the lineup two days after getting hit in the helmet by a pitch. Marte tested negative for a concussion shortly after. He played right field and went 0-for-2.

John Curtiss, who likely has a relief role locked up, had another impressive outing despite allowing a run on an infield hit. He struck out two.

Sam Coonrod, making a push for one of the final spots in the bullpen, was spotless in his inning of work. He struck out one.

Highlights

What’s next

The Mets host the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

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