Jeurys Familia's first regular season blown save in nearly a year cost the Mets what looked to be season-defining win as the Cardinals rallied for two runs in the ninth for a 5-4 victory on Wednesday night at Citi Field.
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- Familia retired Matt Adams on fly out to left to start the ninth but walked Jedd Gyorko on four pitches and surrendered a game-tying double to Yadier Molina. One out later, Kolten Wong's pinch-hit double to left drove in the go-ahead run. Familia had entered the game with 52 consecutive regular season saves dating back to last Aug. 1, the third-longest stretch in baseball history.
- The Mets were on the brink of perhaps their best win of the season. Trailing by two in the seventh, Travis d'Arnaud and Alejandro De Aza singled to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Wainwright looked poised to escape the jam when he struck out Curtis Granderson and Asdrubal Cabrera, but a wild pitch scored d'Arnaud and Yoenis Cespedes fouled off three full-count pitches before blasting a monstrous go-ahead two-run homer off the facing of the second deck in left-center.
- Logan Verrett was in line for the win until Familia's blown save. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits and struck out a season-high seven in seven innings.
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Terry Collins on Familia: "He's walked guys before on four pitches. But you looked at the pitches he made to Adams before. I'm sure he's just trying to keep the ball out of the inner half of the plate to Gyorko. He left them off the plate…He's certainly walked guys before and came right back."
Familia on his blown save: "I was trying to get a groundball double play but I think I left it a little bit in the middle and [Molina] made a good swing and that's it. … I've been in this situation before last year. I know tomorrow is a new day. I can do better. I can get another opportunity and do a good job. … What I've done so far, I never in my life thought that I would do in the big leagues."
Collins on the loss and the team bouncing back: "This is a really tough one to take…To have your closer who's been lights out give up two, yeah, that's a little tougher to take. … Well, we're hoping. This is something we haven't had happen in quite some time…We've got to come back early. We've got an early day tomorrow and we've gotta get ready to play."
Collins on the Mets' continued hitting woes: "No, we didn't get past that tonight, even though Ces got a big hit. We still had a lot of opportunities to score some runs"
News and notes…
- New York had been 48-0 when leading after eight innings prior to Wednesday's loss. The Mets have now alternated wins and losses in their first 12 games since the All-Star break.
- The Mets went 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position and just 4-for-33 (.121) in the series.
- Cespedes finished 2-for-4. His 22nd homer was his first since July 5, a span of 41 at-bats.
- Neil Walker snapped out of a 4-for-48 skid with three hits and an RBI. James Loney and d'Arnaud both went 2-for-4.
The Mets (53-47) welcome the Rockies (49-52) to Citi Field for four games beginning Thursday at 1:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Coming off a five-run, 3 2/3-inning outing against Miami, Jacob deGrom (6-5, 2.73 ERA) will try and get back on the winning track in the series opener. Colorado counters with rookie left-hander Tyler Anderson (3-3, 3.56 ERA), who has won three consecutive starts following a three-game losing streak.