New York was held without a baserunner through six innings and Chris Flexen was charged with five runs in three innings as the Mets were blanked for the second consecutive game with the Rays, 9-0, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) Brandon Nimmo singled leading off the seventh inning for the Mets' first hit and baserunner against Rays starter Nathan Eovaldi. Devin Mesoraco had a leadoff base hit in the ninth for New York's other hit. The Mets were blanked for the eighth time this season and have gone 18 consecutive innings without scoring.
2) Flexen (0-2) did not fare well in his first start of the season. The right-hander surrendered a three-run homer to C.J. Cron in the first and two more runs in the third. He allowed five hits and walked three while striking out a pair.
3) Chris Beck and Paul Sewald each allowed two runs in four frames out of the bullpen, including a pair of home runs. Tyler Bashlor and Tim Peterson combined for 1.1 perfect innings in relief.
News and notes...
New York fell a season-high 16 games below .500 (35-51). The Mets are winless in their last 14 series (0-12-2) since sweeping the Diamondbacks at Citi Field from May 18-20.
Flexen is 3-8 with an 8.15 ERA in 18 Major League appearances, including 10 starts.
The Mets begin a four-game series with the Phillies, starting with a doubleheader on Monday at 4:10 p.m. Zack Wheeler will get the ball for Game 1 against Zach Eflin. Game 2 will see Corey Oswalt against Aaron Nola.