NEW YORK — The battle between the Nationals and Mets began with flair Tuesday night at Citi Field, then it turned into an expected pitchers’ duel that ended in a 2-0 win for New York in the first game of the season between the two rivals. Only a half-game separates the first-place Nats and the Mets in the National League East.

Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard pitched seven dominant innings, allowing five hits and striking out 10. The only time he was in trouble was in the second inning, when he got Wilson Ramos to hit into an inning-ending double play with runners on first and second.

Right-hander Max Scherzer wasn’t as powerful as he was last week, when he struck out 20 Tigers. Still, he struck out 10, while allowing two runs and three hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Two of the hits Scherzer allowed proved to be lethal, starting with Curtis Granderson‘s leadoff homer over the right-field wall on Scherzer’s first pitch of the game. Two innings later, Michael Conforto clubbed his sixth home run of the season, also a solo shot to right.

Conforto's solo home run

Conforto’s solo home run

WSH@NYM: Conforto hits Mets’ second homer of the game

Michael Conforto hits his sixth home run of the season, a solo shot over the wall in right field to give the Mets a 2-0 lead in the 3rd

The Mets broke a four-game losing streak, while the Nationals have dropped their last three games.

The K-Zone: With his 10 strikeouts, Scherzer matched Indians right-hander Corey Kluber for the record among active players for strikeouts in a two-game span, with 30.

Granderson strikes fast: The last time the Mets saw Scherzer, he threw 109 pitches and they didn’t get a hit. Tuesday, Granderson homered on the first pitch of the first inning for the second time this season, his 38th career leadoff homer. Among active players, only Jimmy Rollins has more. More >

Granderson's leadoff home run

Granderson’s leadoff home run

WSH@NYM: Granderson homers on Scherzer’s first pitch

Curtis Granderson hits Max Scherzer’s first pitch over the right-field fence for a leadoff home run, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead in the 1st

Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Danny Knobler is a contributor to and covered the Mets on Tuesday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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