The Mets had their fair share of opportunities in this game, but failed to capitalize early with men on base, allowing Zack Godley to limit the damage on a night when he labored and struggled to find the plate at times. The Mets put the leadoff man on in each of the first three innings, but only scored once over that span, thanks to Seth Lugo helping himself with his first hit of the year. Todd Frazier then smacked a double down the left field line to score Lugo for the Mets’ first run.
Seth Lugo was solid until the very last out he had to get, despite not having his best stuff. But even a small deficit is too much for the Mets to overcome these days. The Diamondbacks struck first on a solo home run by Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning. The decisive inning for Lugo came in the third, when he gave up three straight singles off the bats of Jon Jay, Paul Goldschmidt, and Jake Lamb put them ahead 2-1. The Diamondbaks never looked back. Daniel Descalso gave the Diamondbacks an extra run with a sacrifice fly to stretch their lead to two runs. Descalso struck again in the fifth, hitting a two-out two-run homer that put a nasty exclamation mark on Lugo’s night and all but sealed the deal for the Diamondbacks.
Dominic Smith hit a solo home run off the right field foul pole in the fourth inning to give the Mets another run and narrow the deficit. Smith had a good night at the plate, going 2 for 4 with a double in addition to the home run. He also got his first shot in the outfield on his 23rd birthday, when he was shifted to left field in the sixth inning.
Chris Beck, acquired off waivers from the White Sox, made his debut for the Mets and he surrendered an an additional run in the sixth in the form of a single, two stolen bases by Jarrod Dyson, and another single. Anthony Swarzak, failing to buck the trend, also allowed a run in the eighth. Jon Jay tripled—his third hit of the night—and Paul Goldschmidt drove him in with a single.
Wilmer Flores returned from the disabled list for the Mets and entered the game in the sixth inning as part of a double-switch to play first base. He struck out in his first at-bat, but laced an RBI double in the ninth inning off Jorge De La Rosa for the Mets’ third and final run. This forced Torey Lovullo to turn to his closer Brad Boxberger, who recorded the final out to earn the save.
The Mets fall to ten games under .500 on the season after beginning the season ten games over .500.
Full recap to follow.
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