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Travis d'Arnaud off to a hot start

Travis d'Arnaud of the New York Mets singles

Travis d'Arnaud of the New York Mets singles to score two runs in the third inning during a gamel against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on April 9, 2015 in Washington. Credit: Getty Images / Mitchell Layton

WASHINGTON - So much for spring training stats.

Travis d'Arnaud continued his fast start in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Nationals. He went 2-for-4 with a two-out, two-run single to cap a four-run third inning.

"I feel the same, just waiting for a good pitch to hit and getting into good hitter's counts," he said. "And that's all I can do."

D'Arnaud hit .212 in 52 exhibition at-bats, but through the first three games, he's 5-for-11 (.455) with a triple and a team-high four RBIs.

With two outs and the bases loaded against Stephen Strasburg in the third, d'Arnaud flared a single into shallow centerfield. He again came through in the sixth, starting a rally by ripping a single to left. Four batters later, he scored on David Wright's two-run single.

Calls to the bullpen

Lefthander Alex Torres endured a bumpy Mets debut, allowing two runs and recording only one out.

Entering in the seventh with the Mets up 6-0, Torres walked two of the three batters he faced before giving way to Buddy Carlyle. Two batters later, Michael Taylor doubled to knock in the two runners left by Torres.

Command issues are nothing new for Torres, who was acquired during spring training in a trade with the Padres. The lefty walked 5.5 batters per nine innings a season ago.

"I think we've got to be a little patient," manager Terry Collins said. "We'll try to get him in some games where he gets a little rhythm, gets a little confidence."

Although the Mets led by four in the ninth, Collins summoned fill-in closer Jeurys Familia to gain some valuable experience. "He's got to get used to being out there in the ninth inning," he said of Familia, who allowed one run.

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