While Jacob deGrom dominated the Washington Nationals into the eighth inning, the Mets' bullpen unraveled in Monday's 8-6 loss at Citi Field.
"It's definitely tough," deGrom told reporters after the game. "You're comfortable when those guys come in, and they're not perfect. It's going to happen. Tonight, we let one get away, but they'll be back after them tomorrow."
DeGrom struck out 12 batters in 7 1/3 innings and had only given up one run through the first seven innings, but was taken out of the game with a 6-1 lead after allowing two of the first three batters to single in the eighth.
The Mets' bullpen, which entered Monday's game with a league-best 1.51 ERA, allowed five runs, four hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings as New York fell to 12-3.
"It was just unfortunate," manager Mickey Callaway said after the game. "I think they've done a tremendous job. We can't let one inning and 1-2 batters that each of them faced put us in a tailspin. They've been tremendous."
Seth Lugo walked the only batter he faced and Jerry Blevins allowed a two-run single to Bryce Harper, who homered off deGrom, that made it 6-3.
Manager Mickey Callaway brought in AJ Ramos, who struck out Ryan Zimmerman but allowed a two-out single to Pedro Severino to load the bases for former Met Matt Reynolds. Ramos walked Reynolds on four pitches to make it 6-4 and was taken out for Jeurys Familia.
Familia fell behind in the count 2-1 before surrendering a two-run, game-tying single to Wilmer Difo. Two batters later, he hit Michael A. Taylor on five pitches to make it 7-6. In the ninth inning, Hansel Robles allowed a solo home run to Howie Kendrick that put the Mets in a two-run deficit.
"It's an off night for a few of them, but we have to move on," Callaway said