The Mets lost for the 10th time in 11 games against the Pirates, dropping a 4-0 decision to rookie Jameson Taillon, who did not allow a hit until the seventh inning on Tuesday night at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.TV.
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- Recalled earlier in the day when Gerrit Cole was placed on the disabled list, Taillon made his second big league start - both against the Mets - and did not allow a hit until Curtis Granderson singled to lead off the seventh. He worked a career-high eight innings and allowed two hits and a walk with five strikeouts for his first Major League win.
- Jacob deGrom was solid once again, but remains winless in his last eight starts dating back to April 30. The right-hander matched zeros with Taillon through five innings before he surrendered a two-run homer to Jung Ho Kang in the sixth. Those were the only runs deGrom allowed, in addition to six hits and a walk. He struck out nine for the second consecutive start.
- James Loney and Matt Reynolds had the other hits for the Mets.
- Jim Henderson allowed a two-run homer to Starling Marte in the eighth.
Danny Abriano: The Mets' offense is basically unwatchable, and their futility was on full display on Tuesday night as they were dismantled by Jameson Taillon in just his second big league start.
Terry Collins wouldn't criticize his undermanned lineup after the game and it's understandable that they're struggling to the extent they are. But the actual major league-caliber starting playbers in the lineup -- Yoenis Cespedes, Curtis Granderson, and Asdrubal Cabrera -- have been nearly as inept as the bench players who are filling in for the injured players.
Along with the inept offense, the Mets were done in by Collins' decision to allow Jim Henderson to pitch a second inning. He of course gave up a two-run homer that extended Pittsburgh's lead to 4-0 and put the game out of reach.
A plus was Jacob deGrom, who tossed six mostly stellar innings and deserved much better >> To read more from Danny, follow Rising Apple on Twitter.
- Terry Collins: "If you think I'm going to criticize my lineup, you're talking to the wrong guy. Obviously you've got to make adjustments no matter who you face on a nightly basis. Are we doing that? It's hard for me to answer. I haven't had time to really review the at-bats. Obviously we have a lot of guys hurt. You've got to pick it up. You have to pick up guys who are not in there. When you're asked to go out there, you've got to do what you do best. Some of these guys, it's 'put the ball in play.' Tonight, you look at all the balls we hit, they were into the shifts. We've got to go back and use the field a little bit better to hit. … Our lineup is what it is because that's what we have. I'm not going to sit here and complain about it. We've got to get it done. Tomorrow night we'll get after it again."
- deGrom on his outing and the struggling offense: "I try not to think about that. I think that's what all our starters do, just try to go out there and put up zeroes no matter what the score is. … When it's a 0-0 game, one mistake like that can cost you, which it did tonight. … The one mistake, that's really the only ball hit hard. The rest of the hits were kind of through the infield."
- Asdrubal Cabrera on the Mets' injury woes: "We're missing a couple of players. But that happens in this game a lot. Nothing we can do about it. We've got to come here and fight every day."
News and notes…
- The Mets snapped a nine-game winless streak against the Pirates in their last meeting on June 8. They are just 3-8 in their last 10 games against the Bucs at Citi Field. Pittsburgh had lost five straight games since sweeping the Mets in a doubleheader on June 7.
- New York has lost five of their last seven at home. They went 2-4 on their last homestand, dropping two-of-three to the Dodgers and White Sox after winning the first game of each series.
- The Mets fell to 8-1 following an off-day and were shut out for the sixth time this season.
- Over his last four starts, deGrom has allowed seven runs in 26 innings (2.42 ERA) while striking out 35. The Pirates defeated him in his last start on June 7 when he surrendered three runs in six innings and fanned nine.
- Michael Conforto was diagnosed with strained cartilage in his left wrist and received a cortisone injection. He was held out of the starting lineup but pinch-hit in the eighth and struck out. Neil Walker was also out of the starting lineup for a second straight game with lower back soreness. Both are expected to return to full-time duty within the next few days.
- Juan Lagares was slated to start in center but was kept out of the lineup because of a toothache. He pinch-hit in the sixth and grounded out.
The Mets (34-29) will try and snap their three-game losing streak as they face the Pirates (33-31) at Citi Field on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Noah Syndergaard (6-2, 2.00 ERA) will make the start for New York looking to win his fifth consecutive decision. Pittsburgh will counter with southpaw Jeff Locke (5-4, 5.38 ERA), who surrendered 11 runs in his last start in Colorado.