New York Mets RHP Jeurys Familia blew his first save since last July when he allowed two runs in the ninth inning in a 5-4 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday at Citi Field.
Familia (2-2), who had saved 52 straight regular-season opportunities, the third-best streak in MLB history, allowed a game-tying RBI double to Yadier Molins and go-ahead RBI double to Kolten Wong that turned a 4-3 Mets lead into a 5-4 deficit.
"This is really a tough one to take," manager Terry Collins told reporters after of the game. "When you come back on Adam Wainwright and have a chance to win the game, that's a pretty big night. And then to have your closer, who just has been lights out, give up two, that's a little tougher to take."
After Yoenis Cespedes' two-run home run off Wainwright in the seventh inning game the Mets the lead, they went to their bullpen.
New York had been 48-0 when leading after eight innings and won 81 such opportunities in a row. Familia had allowed one run over his last 20 appearances dating back to June 8, and had not blown a save since July 30, 2015.
"What I've done so far, I never in my life thought I was going to do that in the big leagues," Familia said of his saves streak after the game.
He walked Jedd Gyorko on four pitches with one out, and Molina tied the game at 4 by hitting Familia's next pitch to deep center field to drive in pinch runner Randal Grichuk.
"I think I left it a little bit in the middle, and he made a good swing," Familia said.
Wong drove in pinch runner Jeremy Hazelbaker with a double to left field that gave the Cardinals a 5-4 lead. Seung Hwan pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the Cardinals for the save.
"It's baseball, and until the 27th out, you don't know any result," Cespedes said after the game. "We have a lot of faith in Familia, but things unfortunately didn't work out."