A promising start turned into a nightmarish finish as the Mets lost to the Yankees, 12-5, in Game 1 of their doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Yankee Stadium >> Box score
Five things to know from Tuesday's game...
1) In a game the Mets led 4-1 heading into the bottom of the third inning, things got ugly fast. Done in by poor defense, bad pitching by Zack Wheeler, and some bloop hits mixed in with blasted ones, the game was 9-4 Yankees by the time the fifth inning was over. Overall, Wheeler allowed nine runs (five earned) on 10 hits while walking one and striking out six in 4.2 innings.
2) The Mets handed the Yankees a gift run in the third inning, when Amed Rosario failed to touch second base on a would-be force out that became an error and Dominic Smith couldn't cleanly field what should have been an inning-ending grounder. The result was a bloop hit by Gary Sanchez with two outs that drew the Yanks within 4-2.
3) After Gio Urshela hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning to tie things, 4-4, Todd Frazier's two-out error allowed the inning to continue and resulted in Luke Voit eventually batting with two runners on. Voit then crushed a three-run homer to left field to give the Yanks a 7-4 lead.
4) The Mets broke through in the third inning when Tomas Nido lined an RBI single to tie things, 1-1. Later in the inning, Jeff McNeil slugged a three-run homer to right field to give them a 4-1 lead. Trailing 9-4 in the sixth, Rosario's ground ball RBI single up the middle brought the Mets within 9-5.
5) Wilmer Font came in with two outs in the fourth inning to clean up an inherited mess and helped the Mets save the rest of the pen with Game 2 of the doubleheader on the horizon. Font soaked up 2.1 innings while allowing one run. Tim Peterson pitched the eighth inning, meaning the Mets should have all of their high-leverage relievers available for Game 2.
The teams get a quick break before playing the nightcap of the doubleheader on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m on SNY.
Jason Vargas, who was supposed to pitch Monday night before the game was rained out, will look to stay hot tonight as he faces James Paxton.