Four Mets relievers, including catcher Kevin Plawecki, combined to give up 18 runs and 18 hits in Sunday's 23-5 loss to the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
New York's bullpen, which had allowed nine home runs all season entering Sunday, gave up seven home runs. Its 3.64 ERA skyrocketed to 5.06.
Sean Gilmartin gave up five runs and two homers in 2 2/3 innings after starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard left the game with an injury in the second inning.
Fernando Salas gave up three runs, Josh Smoker six runs (five earned) and Plawecki, who was the first Mets position player to pitch in a game since Anthony Recker on June 30, 2013, gave up four runs (three home runs) in two innings.
"Those guys have been working their butts off," Plawecki said, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma. "They are a little bit tired, so you go out there and eat two innings on a day like today where it got out of hand a little bit, you are happy to do it."
Plawecki gave up home runs to Bryce Harper, Adam Lind and Anthony Rendon, who went 6-for-6 with three home runs and 10 RBIs. He retired three batters in a row in the seventh inning.
"I threw a lot of strikes," Plawecki said, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. "I was happy about that. I used the whole ballpark in the first inning and got out of it, and then in the second inning, I left a couple up."