The Mets dropped the rubber game of the series against the Diamondbacks, 7-1, to end their West Coast road trip 2-5. >> Box score
Five things to know from Sunday's game
1) Manager Mickey Callaway lauded Steven Matz as the Mets' most consistent starter after his start in Los Angeles. But the left-hander faltered early, as Ketel Marte led off the home half of the first with a 482-foot blast to center field. Tim Locastro, Saturday night's hero, singled and Eduardo Escobar lifted a two-run homer down the line in left to make it 3-0 before Matz had even recorded an out. He settled down from there until two outs in the fifth, when the Diamondbacks recorded four straight singles and pushed across two more runs. By the time he left the mound after the sixth, Matz yielded five earned runs on eight hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
2) On the other side of the billing, Arizona starter Merill Kelly was downright impressive. The righty fanned 10 over 7 2/3 innings and surrendered six hits without walking anyone. He picked up his fifth win of the year and lowered his ERA to 4.41 on the season.
3) Wilson Ramos continued his power surge with his fourth homer in 11 days and sixth of the season. He provided the lone Mets' offense and only damage against Kelly with a no-doubt blast to left-center in the second to make it 3-1. The catcher entered with a 1.122 OPS since May 21 entering Sunday's game.
4) Amed Rosario came into Sunday in the middle of an 0-for-14 slump. He broke out with three hits to raise his average to .254 in 2019. However, Rosario's defense once again appeared questionable in the fifth, when Arizona sent a couple of hard-contact balls in his vicinity he could not make a play on.
5) The Mets' struggles closing out series -- and on the road -- continued. They fell to 1-6 in rubber matches this season and are now 4-17 in their last 21 road games. Overall, New York is 13-22 away from Citi Field this year.
The Mets will be off Monday before beginning a three-game home set against the Giants on Thursday. It will be a rematch of the 2016 NL Wild Card Game with Noah Syndergaard opposing Madison Bumgarner.