The Mets lost to the Marlins 4-3 in Miami this afternoon, and the winning run scored on a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth inning. Steven Matz made his first start off the disabled list and pitched decently with six strikeouts, two walks, and two runs allowed in five-and-one-third innings of work. Unfortunately, he had to depart the game a little early—he was on roughly a 90-pitch limit—because of a blister.
The Mets led the game briefly early, as Yoenis Cespedes hit yet another home run in the first inning. After Matz gave up his pair of runs, Wilmer Flores hit a two-run home run to put the Mets ahead in the sixth. But with the bullpen needed for several innings, one of the best two pitchers in it faltered: Tyler Clippard gave up a game-tying home run to Justin Bour in the eighth. After Travis d'Arnaud pinch hit and grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, Clippard remained in the game. He struck out the first batter he faced, but the ball got by Anthony Recker and allowed Jeff Mathis to reach first base.
Miami eventually loaded the bases with one out, and Clippard labored in a long Martin Prado at-bat before he ultimately served up the aforementioned sac fly.
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