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Result: Daisuke Matsuzaka turned in a poor start that left the Mets in a hole that was too big to climb out of, as they fell to the Pirates by the score of 5 to 2 on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

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Need to Know: The Pirates took a 1-0 lead before mustering their first hit, scoring in the third inning on a walk, sacrifice bunt, wild pitch, and RBI ground out.  Lucas Duda hit a solo homer for the Mets in the top of the fourth to tie the game, 1-1. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth and runners on the corners, a set play left Ike Davis in a rundown and Andrew McCutchen scored from third base before the out was made, as the Pirates went ahead 2-1.  The next inning, Gregory Polanco hit a long three-run homer as the Pirates extended their lead to 5-1. The Mets drew within 5-2 when David Wright doubled home a run in the eighth, but that's as close as they would get.

Game Ball: Gregory Polanco of the Pirates, whose mammoth three-run home run was the difference in the game.

Links: Recap | Boxscore

What's Next: The Mets continue their four-game series against the Pirates on Friday night in Pittsburgh. Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Brandon Cumpton for Pittsburgh. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET.

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