NEW YORK — It took one pitch for the Mets to do what they couldn’t do the last time they faced Max Scherzer, and they got a run out of it to open the 2016 version of the National League East rivalry with the Nationals.

No-hit by Scherzer on Oct. 3, the Mets benefited from a leadoff home run from right fielder Curtis Granderson, who sent a fastball over the right-field fence to give the Mets a quick 1-0 lead.

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Making his first start since striking out a record-tying 20 Tigers on May 11, Scherzer struck out two in the first inning. That wasn’t a surprise, but the home run shouldn’t have been a surprise, either.

It was the 12th homer allowed by Scherzer this year, the most by any National League pitcher. It was also the 38th leadoff home run of Granderson’s career, breaking a tie with the Marlins’ Ichiro Suzuki for the second-most among active players (behind Jimmy Rollins).

Danny Knobler is a contributor to based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Grandy renews rivalry with bang off Scherzer