The Mets' rudderless offense continued to show no signs of igniting and the Rockies broke open a close game late in a 6-1 win at Citi Field on Friday night.
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- Steven Matz (8-7) worked hard to extricate himself from several jams, but finally allowed a tie-breaking RBI single in the sixth to lose for the sixth time in his last seven decisions. The left-hander yielded two runs on 10 hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
- Trailing 3-1 in the eighth, the Mets put the first two runners aboard on consecutive singles by Alejandro De Aza and Curtis Granderson. Following a pitching change, Travis d'Arnaud, Yoenis Cespedes and James Loney were retired on three pitches to end the inning, drawing loud boos from the crowd of 40,035. Carlos Gonzalez broke the game open with a three-run homer off Antonio Bastardo in the ninth.
- Loney went 2-for-4 with a solo homer, his sixth, to account for the Mets' only run.
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Terry Collins on the Mets' struggles: "First of all, we have a good team. We're going through a rough time right now. We haven't hit with runners in scoring position. Everybody knows it. We've got to quit rubbing it in our faces every day. We've got to lighten it up a little bit. We've still got a lot of games to play. We're not dead. We're still in the hunt. We need to loosen up a little bit all the way around. ... I'm a little tired of seeing long faces. We need to lighten it up, have some fun and get back to the way we can play the game. These players, they're smart guys. They're getting it from their friends, everybody else -- 'You guys aren't hitting with runners in scoring position.' And so it starts to build and starts to build, and all of a sudden, they go up there, and their heads are not where it needs to be because they're worried about making an out or not getting a hit."
Collins on Matz's start: "I just saw him in the lunch room and I said, 'I know it's hard, but tonight you don't have your A game.' I would think it's got to be fun to be a pitcher and go out there without your best stuff and battle really hard against a very good offensive team and look up coming out in the sixth inning and it's 2-1. You've got to be pretty happy with that."
Walker on the team's psyche: "This is not the time of year to panic. The outside expectation is that we have to win every series. This is tough baseball. I've played in a wild-card race for the last three years, and we've gone through these exact same things in July and August. So the thing that you can't do is panic. You can't get too out of control. You can't get down too much. You just have to try to take advantage of every opportunity that you can."
News and notes…
- New York went 7-0 against the Rockies in 2015. They are winless in five games against them this year.
- The Mets went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and are hitting .202 in those situations in 2016. Over a full season, only the 1969 Padres have hit for a lower average with runners in scoring position.
- Neil Walker went 2-for-4 and is 8-for-11 in his last three games following a 4-for-48 slump.
- Brandon Nimmo was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Friday to replace Juan Lagares, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list and will undergo surgery on his injured left thumb.
- Granderson popped out with the bases loaded in the second and flied out with a runner at second in the fifth, making him 10-for-70 (.143) with runners in scoring position this season.
The Mets (53-49) will officially retire Hall of Famer Mike Piazza's No. 31 prior to Saturday's game with Rockies (51-52) from Citi Field at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY.
Bartolo Colon (9-5, 3.35 ERA) will make his first start on three-day's rest since his Cy Young season of 2005. He will match up with Colorado southpaw Jorge De La Rosa (6-7, 5.70 ERA), who has dropped three of four decisions after winning four straight.