The Mets (70-84) lost to the Pirates (76-78) tonight by a score of 10-6.
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Colin McHugh (0-3) lasted just 1.1 innings and surrendered seven runs on five hits and three walks.
The Pirates plated four runs in the first and, after the Mets had crept within a run in the bottom half of the first, scored three more in the second.
Justin Turner and David Wright hit back-to-back home runs in the first. It was the first time the Mets hit back-to-back homers this season.
Wright also delivered a two out, two-run single in the seventh. It was is 1,418th career hit, which tied Ed Kranepool’s franchise record for hits in a Mets uniform.
Robert Carson left the game with an apparent injury to his left elbow after throwing just seven pitches in the seventh.
For a full recap and box score, check out SNY’s In-Game Live.
Brian Erni, MetsBlog.com:Even though McHugh struggled early, he was an out away from getting out of the first inning with just one run allowed. But with two on and two out, he fell behind Pedro Alvarez 3-1 and grooved a fastball out over the plate. Alvarez crushed hit and launched it over the Party Deck, four rows deep into the left field reserve the opposite way. It was Alvarez’s 30th home run of the season and an impressive display of power, and unfortunately for McHugh, a mistake he would not recover from..
Let’s hope Carson’s injury isn’t too serious. It’s being classified as a left elbow strain right now. He seemed to indicate discomfort on consecutive pitches to Gaby Sanchez in the seventh inning, and as he was removed, could be seen shaking his left hand as if he was trying to get the feeling back in it. Carson has been a pleasant surprise in the waning days of this season, and it’d be a shame if something were to derail the momentum he seemed to be building heading toward 2013.
Congratulations to Wright, who is now just a hit shy of breaking a franchise mark that has stood since 1979. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Ed Kranepool over the years, and as much as Wright deserves to be celebrated for his accomplishment (which he arrived at in 598 less games than Kranepool), we should take a moment to remember a man who loved and still loves being a part of the Mets family as well. Ed signed with the Mets out of high school, played for them in their inaugural season as an 18 year old, and didn’t done another throughout the entirety of his career. I’m sure he’s proud to welcome Wright to some rarified air in Mets history.
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The Mets will continue their series with the Pirates tomorrow night. Jeremy Hefner (2-7, 5.79 ERA) will oppose Jeff Locke (0-2, 5.47ERA). Game time is scheduled for 7:10 PM.