So Tuesday night it was Justin Turner’s turn to give away a game. His throwing error in the top of the ninth allowed the Marlins to tie the score and take the lead as the Mets dropped another one, 4-3.
The game was tied at two when a David Wright groundout got the Mets the 3-2 lead. It held until the ninth when Jason Isringhausen (below) took the mound after throwing 24 pitches while losing Monday night’s game. Isringhausen promptly walked leadoff batter Logan Morrison. After getting Mike Stanton to pop out, former Met Mike Cameron singled to advance Morrison to third. Isringhausen hit John Buck to load the bases. Bryan Petersen then hit a weak grounder to second. It was hit too slowly for a play at the plate or to turn the double play, so the score was going to be tied. However Turner threw wildly to first, and Cameron also scored as the ball bounced around foul territory.
The Mets went meekly in the ninth despite a leadoff walk. They are now losers of four straight and are back at .500, tied with the Marlins for third place in the NL East.
Digging for positives, Jose Reyes hit his fifth homer of the year to tie the score at one. Jason Bay extended his hitting streak to six games and is now batting a robust .239. And Chris Capuano survived his usually fateful sixth inning, but just barely as the Marlins hit three long drives to the outfield for outs. It was a good example of using the entire ballpark (or getting lucky that he was pitching in a big ballpark!).