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Result: The Mets dropped their third straight game as it fell in 11 innings to the Pirates 3-2 at a sold-out PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Need to know:  Josh Harrison's two-out double off the right field wall with two outs in the 11th scored Clint Barmes -- who walked-- from first base with the winning run off reliever Vic Black (1-2) as the Mets lost their second straight to the Pirates. It was another tough loss for the Mets, who got out of a second and third and no out jam in the 10th, but lost it in the 11th.

The Mets took a 2-0 lead on a Lucas Duda two-run single. The Pirates equaled it in their turn on a Jory Mercer two-out two-run single in the fourth. Mets starter Jacob deGrom didn't help himself in the inning as he failed to cover first base on a ground ball to Duda at first opening up the rally.  The Mets also failed to convert a double play in the inning.

deGrom was solid going 6 2/3 innings and giving up two runs and five hits. The Mets' pitching struck out 10 batters, none better than Jenrry Mejia in the 10th.  Mejia managed to get out of a blown umpires call in the 10th.  Harrison, who led off the 10th with a single and stole second, was caught off second on a comebacker from Gregory Polanco to Mejia. Harrison was in a rundown and  dove away from a tag from Ruben Tejada, going on to the infield grass. Harrison went to third and wasn't called out for out of the baseline. Mejia shook it off striking out Travis Snider. Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked to load the bases, but Mejia struck out Neil Walker and got Russell Martin to flyout to right.

In the 11th, a one-out walk by Black set up Harrison's long drive to right and the game was over.

Game ball: Travis d'Arnaud, who had three hits and is looking like a different hitter at the plate than the guy sent down to Triple-A earlier in the season.

Links:  Recap | Box Score

What's next :Jon Niese (4-4, 2.78 ERA)  goes for the Mets against Gerrit Cole (6-3, 3.64 ERA) today at 4:05 p.m.


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