Citi Discipline was alive and roaring as Edwin Diaz struck out his second consecutive batter Sunday to flee a bases-loaded jam within the eighth.
An inning later, the morgue turned open for enterprise.
Requested to retire 5 batters, Diaz obtained to 4 earlier than wilting within the ninth, sending the Mets into the All-Star break with a gut-wrenching 6-5 loss to the Pirates.
If it wasn’t the Mets’ worst lack of the yr, it’s actually within the dialog.
Diaz surrendered a go-ahead RBI single to Wilmer Difo, after John Nogowski’s two-out single moments earlier had tied the sport. The Mets, who had squandered a five-run lead, then went meekly within the backside of the ninth to complete with a break up within the four-game collection in opposition to an underwhelming cellar dweller
The battle to get 27 outs — with Aaron Loup going two innings as a fill-in starter — was actual for supervisor Luis Rojas, who tried to get a second scoreless inning from Miguel Castro. However after the right-hander allowed consecutive singles within the eighth, Diaz was the choice — for a five-out save.
Diaz walked Rodolfo Castro, who had already homered twice, to load the bases. The suitable-hander then obtained a present name from plate umpire Jeremie Rehak, who punched out Michael Perez on a 2-2 slider that was a number of inches off the plate. Subsequent was Ke’Bryan Hayes, who struck out to finish the menace.
The Mets broke out early, utilizing homers from Francisco Lindor and Michael Conforto within the first inning to take a 5-0 lead in opposition to Chase De Jong. Lindor smashed a two-run homer after Brandon Nimmo’s leadoff double, and Conforto, following walks to Dominic Smith and Jeff McNeil, unloaded with a three-run blast. However the Mets went quietly for the rest, totaling solely 4 hits after the primary inning.
Castro’s second homer of the sport, a two-run blast in opposition to Jeurys Familia within the sixth, pulled the Pirates inside 5-4. Familia escaped the inning with the lead, however the Mets nonetheless needed to get one other 9 outs.
Loup was thrust right into a beginning function for the primary time in his main league profession and gave the Mets two scoreless innings by which he allowed two hits. The left-hander had appeared in 437 video games a reliever over 10 seasons with no begin.
Jerad Eickhoff, whom the Mets chosen from Triple-A Syracuse earlier than the sport to offer the staff with size from the bullpen, stored the lead at 5-0 into the fifth earlier than surrendering consecutive homers to Castro and Michael Perez.
After Adam Frazier singled and Kevin Newman bunted for successful, Familia entered with two outs and bounced a wild pitch that moved runners to second and third earlier than retiring Bryan Reynolds to finish the menace.