Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) John Jaso tied the game in the bottom of the ninth and came through with the game-winning single in the 10th. Addison Reed blew his second save of the season and Josh Edgin couldn't get out of a bases-loaded jam that rookie Tyler Pill created in the 10th.
2) Zack Wheeler allowed three runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings. He was removed after developing a blister on his pitching hand.
3) Jay Bruce, Travis d'Arnaud and Lucas Duda homered. D'Arnaud had three hits, two RBIs and finished a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. Duda went 2-for-4 for the third straight game.
4) The Mets left 10 men on base -- eight in the first five innings -- and went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Pirates pitchers retired 14 straight Mets from the top of the fifth through the top of the 10th until Juan Lagares singled with one out.
Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone...
The game had the feel of one that would come back to bite the Mets virtually all night. Too many wasted opportunities and too many times walking the edge until Reed finally fell off. Blown saves happen, but it really was an awful time for the Mets' closer to cough up what would have been a second consecutive win. Still, it probably should not have come to that considering New York had a number of prime opportunities to add to their early lead.
Now onto everyone's favorite topic: Terry Collins' bullpen usage. He used Neil Ramirez to start the seventh, which predictably went awry before Jerry Blevins restored order. But Collins felt that the 10th inning of a tie game that his club had just coughed up was a good time to use Pill for his Major League debut. After Lagares made his second Lagares-like catch in two innings, Pill allowed a single, hit a batter and issued a walk. He got the second out on a pop fly, but Collins went with the matchups and used Edgin to face Jaso, who had one hit in his last 30 at-bats against lefties dating back to last season. Now it's two hits.
That particular move was fine, in and of itself. The wrong maneuver was starting Pill that inning to begin with. The Mets' bullpen has been awful, largely because they simply aren't getting the job done. But Collins has actually regressed in his handling of the relievers, which is hard to believe. If he was going to bring Edgin in at some point, why not simply use him from the start? Pill can't just sit in the bullpen and collect dust, but a kid with no Major League experience in his second day with the club is your first choice after your closer blows a lead?
In the end, missed offensive opportunities and Reed were the reasons New York lost, but it's getting very tiresome having to legitimately question Collins every game, no matter the result. He catches a lot of undeserved heat, but he also brings a lot of valid questions on himself...and it's getting worse. >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
News and notes...
The Mets have lost seven of eight on the road. They are 4-11 in their last 15 games at PNC Park and have not won a series in Pittsburgh since 2012.
New York's 41 homers on the road are the most in the Majors.
D'Arnaud's five home runs are one more than he had last season in 183 fewer at-bats. All of his homers this season have come away from Citi Field.
Duda's third straight multi-hit game left him 9-for-18 (.500) with three doubles, two homers and eight RBIs in his last five games. His solo home run was measured at 451 feet.
Wheeler allowed more than two runs in a start for the first time since April 23.
Terry Collins celebrated his 68th birthday on Saturday. He is the oldest manager in the Majors.
What they said after the game...
Collins on another late-inning loss: "I said we got to figure out how to get six outs to get the ball to Addison. I felt great when he got in the game. ... I'm out of explanations. No matter what we do, it's not working."
Reed on the blown save: "This is unacceptable and not how I am expecting to throw the ball, this is not what I'm getting paid for. The way I'm throwing the ball now is absolutely unacceptable. There are no other words for it."
The Mets (20-27) and Pirates (23-27) conclude their three-game series from PNC Park on Sunday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Matt Harvey (3-3, 5.36 ERA, 1.47 WHIP) toes the rubber in the finale going for his second straight win following a six-start winless streak. Harvey labored against the Padres on Tuesday, but allowed two runs on three hits and four walks with six strikeouts in five innings to pick up the victory. The 28-year-old is winless in three career starts against Pittsburgh to go along with a 5.29 ERA.
Tyler Glasnow (2-3, 6.69 ERA, 1.93 WHIP) has had a horrific season, but is coming off his best start of the season on Tuesday against the Braves. Glasnow allowed two runs over six innings in the no-decision, the first time in nine starts he surrendered less than three runs. This will be his first appearance against the Mets.