Result: The Pirates took the finale of a four-game series with the Mets with a 5-2 win at PNC park in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Need to know: The Pirates scored three runs in the first inning off of Mets starter Bartolo Colon (8-6) with former Met Ike Davis providing a two-run single in the first to get things going. The Mets struggled for a clutch hit as Edinson Volquez (6-6)pitched six innings and gave up eight hits, but no runs. Pedro Alvarez had three RBIs for the Pirates, who led 5-0. The Mets had 13 hits in the game, but managed only two runs — all in the ninth inning. Daniel Murphy led the Mets with three hits to raise his averafe to .301 on the season.
Game ball: Murphy had three hits, is hitting .301 with a .351 on base and has become the Mets’ most consistent hitter.
What’s next: The Mets remain on the road and will open a series with the Braves in Atlanta on Monday. Zack Wheeler gets the start for the Mets.