The Mets blew a 4-0 lead to the White Sox Tuesday night at Citi Field and eventually went down in defeat.
White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier committed errors in each of the first two innings and they both led to runs, on sacrifice flies by Yoenis Cespedes and Curtis Granderson as the Mets built a 2-0 lead.
Neil Walker made it 4-0 in the third with his 13th home run of the season.
Meantime Steven Matz was cruising along until the sixth, when Frazier made up for his errors with a two-run homer. With two outs, Matz walked Tyler Saladino. He proceeded to steal second and third and scored on a single to make it 4-3. That ended Matz’s night.
Matz went 5.2 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out three and walked two. It was Matz’s shortest outing since his disastrous first start of the season.
Noah Syndergaard, who only threw a couple of innings before being ejected Saturday for “accidentally” throwing behind idiot Chase Utley, came on in relief in the seventh to get some work in. He struck out two in his one inning.
Hansel Robles was on the mound for the eighth. The last time we saw him, he was giving up three homers to the Dodgers on Saturday. Well, with one on, Saladino crushed a Robles pitch into the seats in left to give the White Sox a 5-4 lead. Robles walked a batter before leaving. Jerry Blevins walked the only batter he faced. Logan Verrett allowed a single to make it 6-4.
And that’s how it ended. A disappointing loss. The Mets hope to take the rubber game in a matinée Wednesday. By the way, James Loney made his Mets debut and went 0-4.