Game Recap: Mets 6 – Rangers 5

Result: The Mets beat the Rangers, 6-5, on Friday to take the first game of the series.

MLB: Texas Rangers at New York Mets

Need to Know: Jonathon Niese served up a home run to the first batter he faced but was removed a couple of hitters later after taking a line drive to the back. Carlos Torres came on in relief to allow two runs over 4 2/3 innings. Torres exited with the lead before Jeurys Familia gave up a run in the seventh to even the score. Travis d’Arnaud hit a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth to put the Mets ahead, 6-4. Texas would score once more in the ninth but it wasn’t enough, as the Mets held on. Lucas Duda homered in the first inning, giving him 13 home runs on the year.

Game Ball: d’Arnaud’s big hit in the eighth inning snapped the club’s four-game losing streak.

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What’s Next: The Mets and Rangers meet again Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. Bartolo Colon (8-6, 3.88 ERA) starts for the Mets opposite Texas’ Colby Lewis (5-5, 5.71).


Game Recap: Braves 3, Mets 1

Result: Jacob deGrom allowed three runs in the first inning and the Mets couldn’t recover, losing by the score of 3-1 on Wednesday night as they were swept out of Atlanta.

Need to Know: After nearly escaping a bases loaded, none-out jam in the bottom of the first, Jacob deGrom gave up a two-out, three-run double to Chris Johnson that scooted past third baseman Eric Campbell‘s glove and gave the Braves a 3-0 lead. The Mets drew to within 3-1 in the fourth, plating a run on a sacrifice fly. Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran kept the Mets off balance for seven innings, and the Braves bullpen – without Craig Kimbrel – did the rest, as the Mets were swept in Atlanta.

Game Ball: Teheran of the Braves, who tossed seven innings of one-run ball.

Links: Recap | Boxscore

What’s Next: The Mets are off on Thursday.

They kick off a 10-game homestand when they open a three-game series Friday night at Citi Field against the Rangers. Jon Niese gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Nick Tepesch for Texas. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.


Game Recap: Braves 5, Mets 4

Result: Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up five runs in five innings, and the Mets couldn’t muster enough offense as they fell to the Braves by the score of 5-4 on Tuesday night in Atlanta.

Need to Know: Christian Bethancourt gave the Braves a 1-0 lead with a two-out single in the second inning. After a long two-run home run by Curtis Granderson put the Mets on top 2-1 in the third, the Braves scored a run in the bottom half of the inning off Daisuke Matsuzaka to tie the game. Matsuzaka continued to struggle in the fourth, serving up run-scoring two-out hits to opposing pitcher Mike Minor and Andrelton Simmons as the Braves went ahead 5-2. A two-run home run by Daniel Murphy in the top of the fifth drew the Mets to within 5-4. Carlos Torres kept the Mets in the game with three no-hit innings, but the Mets never seriously threatened from the sixth inning on.

Game Ball: Split it between Granderson and Murphy, who each smacked two-run home runs for the Mets.

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What’s Next: The Mets wrap up their three-game series against the Braves on Wednesday night in Atlanta. Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Julio Teheran for the Braves. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.


Game Recap: Pirates 5, Mets 2

Result: Daisuke Matsuzaka turned in a poor start that left the Mets in a hole that was too big to climb out of, as they fell to the Pirates by the score of 5 to 2 on Thursday night in Pittsburgh.

Need to Know: The Pirates took a 1-0 lead before mustering their first hit, scoring in the third inning on a walk, sacrifice bunt, wild pitch, and RBI ground out.  Lucas Duda hit a solo homer for the Mets in the top of the fourth to tie the game, 1-1. With two outs in the bottom of the fourth and runners on the corners, a set play left Ike Davis in a rundown and Andrew McCutchen scored from third base before the out was made, as the Pirates went ahead 2-1.  The next inning, Gregory Polanco hit a long three-run homer as the Pirates extended their lead to 5-1. The Mets drew within 5-2 when David Wright doubled home a run in the eighth, but that’s as close as they would get.

Game Ball: Gregory Polanco of the Pirates, whose mammoth three-run home run was the difference in the game.

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What’s Next: The Mets continue their four-game series against the Pirates on Friday night in Pittsburgh. Jacob deGrom gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Brandon Cumpton for Pittsburgh. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET.


Recap: Mets 11 – Marlins 5

Result: The Mets (34-41) won the finale of their four-game series with an 11-5 win over the Marlins at Marlins Park on Sunday afternoon.

Need to know: The Mets pounded out 17 hits in a rout of the Marlins. Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda each had three hits while Daniel Murphy had two hits and three RBIs including a home run to pace the offense. Jon Niese continued his strong season with six innings and striking out four.  Niese improved to 4-4 on the season with a 2.78 ERA.  The Mets led 7-0 after four innings of play.

Game ball: Daniel Murphy, who had two hits and flashed some power with a home run and three RBIs out of the 2-hole.

Links: Recap | Box score

What’s next: The Mets have an off day on Monday and will host the A’s in an interleague starting starting on Tuesday night.


Recap: Mets 4 – Marlins 0

Result: The Mets shut out the Marlins on Saturday at Marlins Park 4-0.

Need to Know: Jacob deGrom (1-4) picked up the first win of his career pitching seven shutout innings and striking out seven as the Mets beat the Marlins.  Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia pitched the last two innings to nail down the win.  The Mets scored on a Chris Young RBI single in the fourth and a David Wright RBI single in the sixth to take a 2-0 lead.  Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer in the ninth for the Mets. Wright was 3 for 4 with a double.

Game Ball: Jacob deGrom, who was in command of the Cardinals the entire night.

Links: Recap | box score

 What’s next: The Mets finish their season with the Marlins on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Jon Niese goes for the Mets with Anthony DeSclafani for the Marlins.


Recap: Marlins 3 – Mets 2

Result: The Marlins held off the Mets 3-2 in Miami throwing out the winning run at the plate in the ninth inning to end the game.

Need to Know: Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna threw out Mets’ Kirk Nieuwenhuis at the plate to end the game on a flyball from Chris Young as the Mets’ ninth inning rally fell short. Niewenhuis had doubled to begin the ninth and was moved to third on a Ruben Tejada bunt. The Mets, who trailed 3-0 entering the eighth, had scored two runs in the top of the eighth on RBI singles from David Wright and Eric Campbell. Wright was out at the plate in the eighth trying to score on Campbell’s single as Ozuna threw out the first of two in the final two innings. Daisuke Matsuzaka took the loss for the Mets, but gave up only one run in 5.1 innings of work.

Game Ball: Ozuna threw the tying run out at the plate in the eighth and the ninth for the Marlins.

Links: AP Recap | Box Score

What’s next: The Mets and Marlins continue their series with the Marlins on Saturday at 4:10 p.m.


Game Recap: Mets 1, Marlins 0

Result: David Wright hit a solo homer in the first inning and Zack Wheeler did the rest, as the Mets beat the Marlins by the score of 1-0 on Thursday night in Miami.

Need to Know: David Wright gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the first, hitting a solo homer off the home run sculpture in left-center. Zack Wheeler took it from there, using three double plays to help him enter the ninth inning having faced the minimum. Wheeler then dispatched the Marlins to complete the shutout. Wheeler’s velocity held for the entire game, and all of his secondary pitches were working as he dismantled the Marlins in the best – and longest – outing of his career.

Game Ball: Wheeler, who thoroughly dominated the Marlins while tossing a shutout. Overall, Wheeler gave up three hits, walked one, and struck out eight.

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What’s Next: The Mets continue their four-game series against the Marlins on Friday night in Miami. Daisuke Matsuzaka gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Henderson Alvarez for Miami. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.


Game Recap: Mets 3, Cardinals 2

Result: Behind a brilliant performance from Bartolo Colon, the Mets topped the Cardinals by the score of 3-2 on Wednesday afternoon in St. Louis to avoid a three-game sweep.

Need to Know: Bartolo Colon delivered his first career extra-base hit, doubling to lead off the sixth. Eric Young, Jr. then drove in Colon with a double, and David Wright brought Young, Jr. home with a bloop single to right field as the Mets went ahead 2-1 in the sixth. In the seventh inning, the Mets extended their lead to 3-1 when Eric Young, Jr. lofted an RBI double down the left field line. Jenrry Mejia allowed a run in the ninth on an infield single, and was removed with two outs in favor of Dana Eveland, who retired Matt Adams to end the game. Matt Carpenter greeted Bartolo Colon with a leadoff homer in the first as the Cardinals took a 1-0 lead.

Game Ball: Colon, who was close to untouchable over eight innings of work, and who ignited the game-winning rally with his first career double.

Links: Recap | Boxscore

What’s Next: The Mets open a four-game series against the Marlins on Thursday night in Miami. Zack Wheeler gets the start for the Mets, opposed by Andrew Heaney, who is making his major league debut for Miami. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.


Recap: Cardinals 5 – Mets 2

Result: The Mets lost to the Cardinals 5-2 in game two of a three game series in St. Louis on Tuesday night.


Need to Know: The Mets lost their second straight game to the Cardinals on Tuesday night in St. Louis 5-2. Jonathon Niese (3-4) pitched well enough to win, giving up only three earned runs in six innings pitched. However, the Mets offense, for the second straight night did their starting pitcher no favors. Yadier Molina homered to open the scoring in the second inning. David Wright tied the game with a solo shot of his own two innings later, but the Cardinals would push across two runs a piece in the fifth and six innings to take a lead they would not relinquish. Only four Mets had hits in the loss. For St. Louis, starter Michael Wacha (5-5) earned the win, pitching five innings and giving up one earned run.

Game Ball: Give it to Wacha, who was consistent over 6 strong innings, striking out seven and only walking two batters.

Links: AP Recap Box score

What’s next: The Mets will conclude their series in St. Louis on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:45 PM. Bartolo Colon toes the rubber for the Mets against Lance Lynn.