The Mets' eight-game winning streak came to an end tonight, as did their team-record five straight wins in which they trailed in the 6th inning or later.
Jacob deGrom got roughed up in this one, letting in three runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. You could say the Fish snapped his line: 5 innings, 10 hits, 6 earned runs, no walks and 5 strikeouts on 86 pitches. His ERA on the season is now up to 2.64; maybe skipping a start could right his ship.
Meanwhile the hitters struggled with runners in scoring position, going only 2-for-14 and leaving ten runners stranded. The bright spots were Michael Conforto and Ruben Tejada, who each went 2-for-3 with a walk, as well as the fact that Eric O'Flaherty and Bobby Parnell made appearances and yet no one can blame them for anything (though you may note the Mets still lost).
As far as actual contenders for a postseason roster spot goes, it was an unfortunate night for lefty bullpen hopeful Dario Alvarez. He gave up three straight hits to lefties to open the ninth (including a homer to Dee Gordon) and appeared to have injured himself in the midst of a delivery, leading to a balk. He was removed at this point and had a slight limp on his way to the dugout. Stay tuned.
The rubber game of the series pits Bartolo Colon against Adam Conley on Wednesday night, where the Mets look to start a new streak.
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