Things you should know about today's game...
1) Steven Matz was lit up for seven runs and nine hits with one walk and two strikeouts in one-plus inning, the shortest start of his career. The Rockies tallied four times on five hits in the first. Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer in the second.
2) Asdrubal Cabrera hit a two-run homer -- his ninth of the season -- and Lucas Duda hit a solo blast for his 15th of the year. Jose Reyes added a sacrifice fly. Jay Bruce singled and doubled, and was the only Met with more than one hit.
3) D.J. LeMahieu and Mark Reynolds had four hits apiece for the Rockies, who tallied 18 hits and homered three times after being outscored 23-5 in the first two games.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
New York fell to 9-17 in day games and 2-6 at home during Sunday matinees. The Mets have been outscored 56-14 in those eight contests at Citi Field. New York has swept only two series this season.
The Mets have allowed 10 or more runs in a game 11 times this season after doing so 10 times in 2015-16.
Matz has allowed 12 runs, 14 hits and three home runs over 5 1/3 innings (20.26 ERA) in his last two starts. The southpaw has surrendered 11 roundtrippers in seven starts this season after allowing 14 in 22 outings in 2016.
Duda's first home run since July 1 was the 123rd of his career, moving him past Kevin McReynolds into eighth place on the Mets' all-time list. Todd Hundley (124) is seventh.
Bruce is batting .407 (11-for-27) with four home runs and seven RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak.
T.J. Rivera singled to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, the longest by a Mets rookie since Juan Lagares hit in 12 straight in 2012. Rivera is hitting .369 (31-for-84) with five doubles, four homers, 14 RBIs and 12 runs scored in his last 24 games.
What they said after the game...
Matz on his poor start: "It's just not the way you write it up. It's frustrating. But I've got to flush it. I've got another start coming up in five days and I've got to prepare for that. Just learn from my mistakes here and keep going. ... "I threw the ball across the plate and they hit it. I'm just going to give it 24 hours, I'll look at video tomorrow, and I'll try to be better next time."
The Mets (41-48) welcome the Cardinals (44-46) to Citi Field for three games beginning Monday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Zack Wheeler (3-6, 4.86 ERA, 1.51 WHIP) starts his second half looking to snap a winless streak that stretches back to May 27. The 27-year-old has a 6.34 ERA in that seven-start span, which included a stint on the 10-day disabled list with right biceps tendinitis. Wheeler allowed two runs over six innings in a loss to St. Louis during his final start of the first half last Saturday at Busch Stadium.
Adam Wainwright (10-5, 5.20 ERA 1.50 WHIP) faces the Mets and Wheeler for a second straight start during his first appearance of the second half. The right-hander held New York to one run and struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings last Saturday to win his third consecutive start and first against the Mets since 2014.