The New York Mets lost the first of three games against the Arizona Diamondbacks by the score of 3-2 on a quiet Saturday night at Citi Field. The loss dropped the Mets to five games under .500 at 21-26.
Zack Wheeler (1-5, 4.31) got the start and delivered one of his best outings of the season for the Mets. He tossed a season high 6.2 innings and held the Diamondbacks to three runs and only two earned on six hits. More importantly, he walked just one batter while striking out seven.
This was a much needed strong effort by Wheeler who came into the game allowing five or more runs in four of his last five starts. Hopefully tonight was the beginning of a nice string of starts for the young Mets righty.
Southpaw Josh Edgin relieved Wheeler and got an out to complete the seventh. Carlos Torres was called upon in the eight and pitched a 1-2-3 inning and then picked up the first out in the ninth before being relieved by Scott Rice who got the second out Jose Valverde came in to get the final out in the ninth.
Offensively the Mets were held to just two runs on seven hits on the night, but they squandered many chances to break the game open including stranding the bases loaded in the first and leaving eight runners on base overall.
Daniel Murphy singled and scored a run in the third, but hit into an inning ending doubleplay in the seventh when the Mets had the tying and winning runs on base and really needed a base hit.
The Mets mounted another rally in the bottom of the eighth when Curtis Granderson singled for his second hit of the day, and then Chris Young followed with a walk to put two runners on first and second. But the Mets failed again to come up with a timely hit as Lucas Duda and Wilmer Flores both popped out to leave the runners stranded
David Wright had three hits in the game including his third home run of the season in the fifth to get the Mets within one run.
With the loss the Mets are now 6-11 in one run games.
The Mets play a single admission doubleheader on Sunday against the D’Backs with Rafael Montero getting the start in Game 1, while Daisuke Matsuzaka gets a spot start for the Amazins in Game 2. The action begins at 1:10 PM and we invite you to join our game thread. Lets Go Mets!