Mets RHP Chris Flexen was making his first start in the bigs this season. But the result isn't what he or the team hoped for.
Flexen got himself in a hole early on in this one, as he had two runners on with one out in the top of the first. C.J. Cron, though, cleared the bases with a three-run homer to put the Rays up early.
The second inning saw less danger as Joey Wendle was the only base runner on a walk. However, in the third, the Rays struck for two more runs.
Jake Bauers started the inning with a double and Daniel Robertson brought him home with an RBI single to center. Then, Mallex Smith laced an opposite field double to make it a 5-0 game. Flexen would finish the inning with a strikeout, but that would be all for the 24-year-old.
Overall, Flexen allowed five earned on five hits while striking out two and walking three in 76 pitches over three innings. Flexen certainly didn't help his ERA with the Mets this season as he had it at 10.80 over three appearances heading into this start.