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Trio of HRs helps Mets spoil Nationals’ opener

The Mets could have been a nice story for a week: the National League East’s challengers, finally healthy, rallying out to a strong beginning. Yet it would have meant little had they flown down to enemy territory and fallen flat, succumbing to a Nationals club that has owned this division for two years running.

Instead, the Mets silenced a sellout crowd at Nationals Park, winning an 8-2 game on Thursday to claim, at least temporarily, a share of the NL’s best record. Michael Conforto returned from the disabled list to hit a two-run homer in his first game since August, Jay Bruce added a game-breaking grand slam and Jacob deGrom wriggled out of multiple jams to improve to 2-0.

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