Things you should know about today's game...
1) J.T. Riddle hit his first big league homer, a walk-off blast with two outs in the bottom of the ninth off Addison Reed, to spoil a valiant Mets' comeback in the top of the inning. Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera temporarily saved the day, combining on a perfect relay to nail Marcel Ozuna at the plate to temporarily keep the game tied.
2) Traililng 2-0 in the ninth, singles by Travis d'Arnaud and Wilmer Flores, plus an error on Marlins right-fielder Giancarlo Stanton, put runners and second and third with two outs in the ninth. Cabrera stroked a pinch-hit single to tie the game, making him 6-for-7 with seven RBIs with runners in scoring position.
3) The Mets were held without a hit until Neil Walker singled off Marlins reliever Brad Ziegler with two outs in the eighth. Yoenis Cespedes followed with another single.
4) Matt Harvey turned in his third consecutive strong outing but was in line for the loss until New York rallied in the ninth. The right-hander allowed an unearned run in the first, due in part to an errant pickoff attempt, and an RBI double to Marcel Ozuna in the sixth. Overall, Harvey surrendered two runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks with five srikeouts in six innings.
Post-game reaction from Matt Citak...
What a crazy, heartbreaking loss to finish a crazy, heartbreaking series.
As much as this game hurts, the Mets did not deserve to win today. They were no-hit for seven and two thirds innings, and only made it to the bottom of the ninth because of a horrendous slide by Bour and a fielding error by Stanton. The Mets hitters looked asleep at the plate, managing just two hits in the first eight innings before picking up three in the final frame.
Today's loss represents New York's third consecutive crushing defeat. What makes it worse is that all three came with Syndergaard, deGrom, and Harvey on the mound. Tomorrow's off day could not be coming at a more ideal time.
There were a few positives to come out of this game. Harvey looked good for the third consecutive outing, allowing just two runs (one earned) on seven hits in six innings. While he clearly isn't the same dominating player he used to be, Matt has proven that he can still be a very good pitcher, now relying more on his secondary pitches and less on his fastball.
You have to love the resilience the Mets showed in the top of the ninth. After struggling all game and with the bottom of the order up, the Mets were able to string together two runs on three hits to extend the match. While it did not affect the final outcome today, that sort of late-game fight will certainly help New York this season as they pursue an N.L. East crown.
This one will be hard to swallow, but remember Mets fans, it's only April and there is still A LOT of baseball left to lay. >>To follow Matt on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
The Mets had won all five series against the Marlins last season. They are 2-5 against Miami this year and have lost both series.
New York has lost three straight after winning five consecutive games. They finished their first road trip of the season with a 4-3 record.
The Mets did not homer Sunday, ending their streak of hitting at least one home run at 11 straight games.
Harvey has allowed two runs or less in 55 of his first 84 starts, tied for third all-time with the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. Only Dwight Gooden (58) has more such starts in Major League history
Walker reached safely in all four plate appearances, singling once and walking three times.
Reed allowed four homers in 77 1/3 innings last season. He's surrendered two in 7 2/3 frames so far this year.
Highlights from the game...
What they said after the game...
Terry Collins on the status of the Mets: "This is a good team, this is a good baseball team. We have issues like everybody else, but we're trying to mesh a pitching staff that we've got to be careful with and a bullpen we've got to be careful with. We're going to be OK."
Harvey on his start: "Today was kind of a good test for me with that lineup, being able to paint the outside corner and control both sides of the plate."
The Mets (7-6) are off on Monday and will resume play against the Phillies (4-8), who they swept earlier this week in Philadelphia, at Citi Field on Tuesday at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Coming off his first win since 2014, Zack Wheeler (1-1, 7.45 ERA, 1.241 WHIP) will look to snap the Mets' three-game losing streak as he faces Philadelphia for a second consecutive outing. Wheeler left last Wednesday's start with a 5-0 lead and the bases loaded in the sixth. He was charged with three runs on an ensuing grand slam but still picked up his third win in four career decisions against the Phils.
The Phillies will counter with Zach Eflin (3-5, 5.54 ERA, 1.326 WHIP in 2016), who was recalled after Clay Buchholz was placed on the disabled list. The 23-year-old lost his only career start against the Mets last season when he allowed three runs in six innings of 5-0 loss on July 17.