NEW YORK — Ross Detwiler pitched five scoreless innings and the Washington Nationals beat New York 6-2 Tuesday, handing the Mets their first loss of the season on the same night they learned that David Wright had broken a finger.
Detwiler (1-0), a surprise addition to the back of the Nationals' rotation, allowed two hits, struck out six and walked one, denying the Mets what would have been their first 5-0 start since 1985.
Ian Desmond homered off Dillon Gee (0-1) leading off the game, and Jayson Werth had four of the Nationals' 13 hits and drove in a run.
New York said during the game that Wright's right pinky was broken a night earlier when he dived back to a base. The fracture to the middle bone of the finger is small enough that it can't be surgically reduced, so doctors put it in a splint and cleared Wright to return to baseball activities as soon as he can tolerate them.
Last season, Wright was in quiet discomfort for weeks because of a stress fracture in his lower back and batted .226 before he went on the disabled list May 18. He sat out until July 22.
"Swinging is pretty painful for him," manager Terry Collins said before the game. "I'm going to take it out of his hands."
After Desmond's early homer, Werth's RBI single made it 2-0 in the sixth. Bobby Parnell relieved with two on, Daniel Murphy booted a grounder at second base for an error as Werth scored, and Wilson Ramos' RBI double made it 4-0.
Gee, who led the Mets with 13 wins last season, allowed four runs — three earned — and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Justin Turner hit an RBI single in the seventh and Ronny Cedeno doubled in a run in the eighth.
Ryan Zimmerman got his 500th RBI with a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
NOTES: Nationals reliever Brad Lidge appeared to take a grounder off his leg in the ninth inning. He remained in the game after a visit from an athletic trainer. ... Ike Davis pinch hit for the Mets with two on and two outs in the seventh and struck out. New York's usual first baseman is also expected to sit against Stephen Strasburg (0-0) on Wednesday. Strasburg will go against LHP Johan Santana (0-0), who made his first big-league appearance since 2010 in the Mets' 1-0 win against Atlanta on opening day. ... Former Mets 2B Edgardo Alfonzo threw out the ceremonial first pitch. ... The sparse crowd on a cold, blustery night was announced at 26,927.