Last year the Mets finished in fourth place and are currently running out the string on this season, playing meaningless games. In contrast, the Indians also finished fourth last year, but they have turned things around and are in the thick of the Wild Card race in the American League. They showed they mean business on Saturday, routing the Mets for the second straight meaningful game, for them, anyway.
The game got off to an inauspicious start for Jonathon Niese — he allowed five runs on six hits in the very first inning. His own throwing error on a sacrifice attempt didn’t help matters.
The Mets got one of the runs back in the top of the second on a Matt den Decker single, but Niese gave it right back in the bottom of the second when Nick Swisher took him deep.
It remained a 6-1 game until the sixth when Justin Turner doubled home Eric Young and Lucas Duda, who had both walked. Juan Lagares singled to plate Turner and suddenly the Indians lead was down to 6-4.
But then came the seventh. Scott Atchison, in for Niese who had settled down to keep the Indians from scoring further, allowed a three-run home run to Asdrubal Cabrera to put the game out of reach.
Mets lose 9-4.