Jerry Blevins allowed a go-ahead home run in the 12th inning and the Mets dropped their second straight to the Diamondbacks, 3-2, on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
In case you missed it…
- Oscar Hernandez's leadoff homer in the 12th against Blevins was his first big league home run.
- The loss wasted Kelly Johnson's heroics in the bottom of the ninth. Trailing 2-0 and with one out and one man on, Johnson's crushed a 431-foot pinch-hit homer to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
- Bartolo Colon tied his season-high with eight strikeouts and allowed just one run on seven hits and a walk in seven innings. Arizona remains the only team which the 43-year-old has not beaten in his career.
- Although he made the last out of the game, Bronx-born T.J. Rivera made his Major League debut and started at third base. He singled to lead off the 10th for his first big league hit and finished 1-for-5.
- The Mets entered the ninth with only three hits, all against D-backs' starter Robbie Ray, who pitched seven scoreless innings. The southpaw entered the game with a 5.48 ERA in his last eight starts.
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Terry Collins on moving past the loss: "Well you have to…This is the Major Leagues. You can't let tonight…it's over. We've gotta get ready for tomorrow...Today is done. So if you can't get over it and you're gonna let it linger in this league, you're gonna have a tough time winning. … I thought we were going to win the game. As a matter fact, that [ninth] inning, I thought we were gonna win the game."
Collins on the Mets' current state: "We have tried to stay in the routine we have been accustomed to. We certainly work hard at trying to figure out who should play and who should not…Certainly because we've been through it before. It's still fresh in our mind a year ago. We've been through these tough times. We're just not coming through when we need to as we did a year ago."
Johnson on his homer and the loss: "I thought that would be a game that we would win. Carry some momentum. It's unfortunate. We gotta find way to get something done eventually."
News and notes…
- The Mets have now lost 11 of 14 at Citi Field and are just 10-15 since the All-Star break to fall to 57-56 on the season.
- New York has lost seven straight one-run games to fall to 19-18 on the year.
- Johnson's seventh homer and sixth as a Met was New York's 76th at Citi Field this season. The club record is 85, set last year.
- Neil Walker went 2-for-5 and is 28-for-58 (.483) in his last 14 games to raise his average to .274.
- After going 0-for-5 with two strikeouts on Wednesday, Curtis Granderson is hitting .149 (7-for-42) over his last 13 games.
- Jeurys Familia pitched a season-high two scoreless innings, but needed 38 pitches to do so.
- Jose Reyes is expected to begin a three-day rehab assignment with Class A Short Season Brooklyn on Thursday. He has been on the disabled list since July 27 with a strained left intercostal muscle.
- The Mets optioned Brandon Nimmo to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Rivera.
The Mets (57-56) will look to avoid an embarrassing sweep by the Diamondbacks (47-66) at Citi Field on Thursday afternoon at 12:10 p.m. ET on SNY. High pitch counts and inefficiency have dogged Noah Syndergaard (9-6, 2.64 ERA) through much of the summer. The right-hander has just one win in his last eight starts to go along with a 4.06 ERA. Arizona counters with right-handed rookie Braden Shipley (1-1, 4.15 ERA), who is making his fourth big league start.