The Mets really needed to sweep the awful Padres out of Citi Field. But that will not happen after the Mets blew a big lead and dropped the second game of the series. despite loading the bases with no outs in the ninth.
After spotting the Padres a run in the top of the third, the Mets responded with four runs in the bottom of the inning. With the bases loaded, Wilmer Flores hit a double to clear the bases and give the Mets a 3-1 lead. Curtis Granderson singled to knock in Flores.
Michael Conforto made it 5-1 with an RBI single in the fourth.
Robert Gsellman allowed a two-run double in the fifth as the Padres cut the lead to 5-3.
With Gsellman out of the game after six innings and just 84 pitches, Fernando Salas came on for the seventh. He got the first two outs, but then allowed a single and two walks to load the bases. Neil Ramirez was called upon. He promptly allowed a double that was just inches away from being a grand slam. It scored two runs to tie the game at five. Josh Edgin came in to get the final out.
Yet another reliever, Josh Smoker was on the mound in the eighth when Hunter Renfroe hit a monster solo shot into the second deck in left to give the Padres a 6-5 lead.
But Renfroe made what could have been a huge error in the bottom of the eighth, dropping a Juan Lagares liner in right to lead off the inning. Lagares hustled to second base. With one out, the red-hot Michael Conforto, already with two more hits in the game, struck out for the second out. Jose Reyes popped up to the pitcher to end the inning.
Addison Reed pitched a scoreless ninth. The Mets used five relievers in the final three innings — two of them pitched to just one batter each. Good bullpen management once again, Terry Collins.
Neil Walker led off the bottom of the ninth with a single. Lucas Duda, the potential winning run, walked. Matt Reynolds ran for him. Flores singled past the shortstop to load the bases. But Granderson struck out, as did Rene Rivera. So it was up to Lagares. He flied out to right to end the game.
Mets lose 6-5.