Hansel Robles allowed three runs in the seventh and the Mets couldn't recover as they failed yet again to win consecutive games for the first time in the second half, falling 5-3 to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Citi Field.
In case you missed it…
- Mere minutes after the Mets went ahead on Neil Walker's two-run homer, Robles gave it right back. Michael Bourn's two-out two-run triple put the Diamondbacks up 4-3. Paul Goldschmidt, who had given Arizona 2-1 lead with a solo homer in the sixth, singled in an insurance run.
- The blown save cost Steven Matz a chance to win at home for the first time since May 20. The southpaw tied his career-high with nine strikeouts but needed 120 pitches to navigate through six innings. He walked one and allowed four hits, two of which were solo homers.
- Trailing by a run in the sixth, Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff double against Zack Greinke and Walker followed with his 20th homer of the year to put the Mets ahead, 3-2. Three of his last four homers have given the Mets the lead.
- James Loney drove in the Mets' first run with an RBI groundout in the first. Brandon Drury's solo homer in the second off Matz tied the game.
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Terry Collins on leaving Robles in to face Bourn: "It was a pretty good matchup. He just didn't make the pitch. … He's been so good, you think you've got the perfect setup - bottom of the lineup, right-handers against him. Just didn't get it done."
Robles on his outing and the pitch to Bourn: "They made good contact, and I wasn't locating my pitches the way I normally do. … He made an adjustment. I was hoping to throw it exactly where it was. But he delivered."
Walker on the Mets' inconsistency: "It's kind of like it's been one step forward and two steps back for us but we're playing hard. This is a hard time of year. Teams that are kind of out of it can be dangerous. They're all kind of fighting for jobs and for next year. We just got to keep going out there and keep grinding and hope we get hot, but certainly nights like tonight can be frustrating. … This is the time of year that you have to get on a roll. April and May are months that if you don't play great, you can make up for it. I haven't been on a team that's made the playoffs that hasn't been good in August. So we're grinding it out. We're trying to get it right."
News and notes…
- The Mets are 3-10 in their last 13 games at Citi Field. They are 0-48 when trailing after eight innings and have not won consecutive games since July 6-7.
- New York had won four straight against the Diamondbacks dating back to last season.
- Matz is winless in his last seven starts at Citi Field. He has one win in his last 13 starts overall.
- Walker went 3-for-4 and is 26-for-53 (.491) with eight extra-base hits, including four home runs, and 11 RBIs in his last 13 games. He is the first Mets second baseman to hit 20 homers since Edgardo Alfonzo did it in back-to-back years in 1999 and 2000.
- After going 10 consecutive appearances without allowing a run, Robles has now surrendered six runs in his last three outings.
- New York surrendered five more stolen bases, including a key double steal in the seventh inning. They have allowed a Major League-worst 94 steals in 112 games.
The Mets (57-55) continue their three-game series with the Diamondbacks (46-66) at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Coming off of an impressive outing in the Bronx his last time out, Bartolo Colon (10-6, 3.46 ERA) will look to defeat Arizona for the first time. The D-backs are the only team he has yet to beat in his career. Southpaw Robbie Ray (5-11, 4.83 ERA) has one win and a 5.48 ERA in his last eight starts dating back to June 22.