Jeremy Hefner allowed four runs in six innings of work, one of which was a solo home run to Alejandro De Aza to leadoff the game.
The Mets got the tying run to the plate in the eighth inning, but Jesse Crain fanned Andrew Brown and Lucas Duda with two men on to get out of the jam. The Mets then scored a run in the ninth inning and got the tying run to the plate once again, but Juan Lagares struck out with two men on to end the game.
Scott Atchison and Jeurys Familia each allowed a run in relief, but the Mets got scoreless relief work from Scott Rice and LaTroy Hawkins - Hawkins hasn't allowed an earned run since April 10.
Lucas Duda hit a solo home run in the second inning, Justin Turner drove in Ruben Tejada with a pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning, and Tejada drove in Mike Baxter in the ninth inning.
Baxter had two hits tonight, improving his average to .243 when he starts a game.
Following tonight's game, Terry Collins said Jeremy Hefner pitched fine and didn't let the game get out of control. He stated the Mets inability to add on runs is what's hurting the team. Terry also said that it would be a lot to ask Justin Turner to play outfield on a consistent basis, because the Mets have already experienced guys playing out of position and it has hurt them in the long run .
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Hefner wasn't great tonight, but he wasn't bad by any means. He got burned for three runs in the third inning on a few soft dunkers and an infield hit, but he was otherwise pretty crisp. He did an outstanding job in the fifth inning working around a De Aza leadoff single - who beat up Hefner tonight - and a John Buck throwing error to get out of that jam unscathed. The problem was he got no help from his offense. I mean, after the third inning, it felt like the Mets were down by ten runs - the Mets aren't going to win with an offense that is as ineffective as it's become. But Terry Collins doesn't have many straws to pull from right now, so he's going to have to get more creative and figure out a way to get some offense out of his position players.
The Mets open a four-game series with the Pirates tomorrow night at Citi Field, with Dillon Gee facing Jeff Locke at 7:10 pm.
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