For the second straight game the Mets came from behind to force extra innings, and for the second straight game the bullpen imploded big-time as the Mets lose again.
The Nationals jumped on Chris Young early Monday night — with one on in the first inning Bryce Harper launched one into the bullpen in right field for a 2-0 lead.
The Mets finally got on the board against Jordan Zimmermann in the fourth when David Wright hit a solo shot into the new Party City Deck to cut the lead to 2-1. It was Wright’s 15th home run on the season.
Young settled down after the rough first and didn’t allow any more runs, or any more hits for that matter, for the rest of his outing. He lasted seven innings, allowing the two runs on three hits. He struck out seven and walked three.
Ike Davis tied the game at two in the seventh with a solo shot to right. He also has 15 home runs to share the team lead with Wright.
The game remained tied through nine, so it was on to extra innings for the second straight game.
Then came the ugly tenth. Roger Bernadina led off against Tim Byrdak with a single to left. Sandy Leon hit a grounder back to Byrdak for what should have been a double play, but Tejada could not handle the throw and Bernadina was safe on Tejada’s error. With runners on first and second and no outs Pedro Beato came on for Byrdak. Mark DeRosa bunted back to Beato, who got Bernadina at third. Steve Lombardozzi singled to load the bases and Harper followed with a single to drive in the tie breaking run. With the bases still loaded Ryan Zimmerman doubled to clear the bases to make it 6-2. Michael Morse then put the icing on the cake with a homer to center, making it 8-2.
That was the final score. The Mets are now losers of nine of their 10 games since the All-Star break and are two games under .500. Just putrid.