The Mets are back to their losing ways, the memory of Matt Harvey’s brilliant debut now just a distant memory, as yet another extremely ugly inning led to a Mets loss in Arizona Friday night.
Ike Davis got the Mets started in the second with a solo bomb into the seats in right, much to the delight of Davis’s delirious high school pals who were sitting behind home plate. His 17 home runs lead the team. Red hot Daniel Murphy followed with his team leading 31st double. He would score when Andres Torres singled with two outs and the Mets had a 2-0 lead.
But in the bottom of the inning the Diamondbacks loaded the bases with three singles, and Jonathon Niese walked Henry Blanco to force in a run. Opposing pitcher Josh Collementer singled to right to tie the game at two. The bases still loaded, Willie Bloomquist hit a slow roller towards third which Niese fielded. He had no play at first but he threw anyway. He was off balanced, and of course it was a wild throw that got past Ike Davis. Three runs somehow came around to score on the play to give the Diamondbacks a 5-2 lead. Bloomquist landed on third and would score on a sacrifice fly to make it 6-2.
But the Mets did not lay down. Ruben Tejada and Jordany Valdespin both singled to lead off the third. Then David Wright hit a shot to left that got out of Chase Field in a hurry. The three-run homer brought the Mets to within 6-5. It was Wright’s 16th home run of the season to go along with 70 RBIs, tied for third in the league.
Niese, however, seemed intent on not keeping the game close, giving up a run in each the fourth and fifth innings to make it an 8-5 game.
Niese was done after six disappointing innings, allowing eight runs (six earned) on nine hits.
Elvin Ramirez allowed three more runs as the Mets went down 11-5.