The Mets gave up an early 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to the Padres at Peco Park in the final game of the three-game series. The loss closed out the Mets’ six-game road trip, during which, the Mets went 1-5 against the Brewers and San Diego.
New York took an early lead after the first inning, when Amed Rosario hit a single to bring home Jeff McNeil. The 1-0 lead was doubled in the second inning when Tomas Nido blasted a home run off starting pitcher Matt Strahm.
The 2-0 lead quickly diminished though.
Eric Hosmer led off the bottom of the second with a home run off of newly acquired Wilmer Font. The Mets obtained Font from the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday for a player to be named or cash just hours before placing left-hander Jason Vargas on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring injury.
And in the bottom of the third inning, Franmil Reyes hit a routine popup that Rosario could not bring in, which turned into a game-tying single.
Tied at 2-2 after three, the Mets had opportunities in the seventh to break the game open. Nido and Todd Frazier both struck out with two men in scoring position and one out.
Hunter Renfroe opened the bottom of the seventh with the ultimate game-winning home run against Tyler Bashlor.
Down 3-2, the Mets still had a chance in the top of the ninth. Pete Alonso led off and made closer Kirby Yates work. But after eight pitches, Alonso struck out swinging. Michael Conforto then struck out looking at a ball below the knees, which the outfielder argued about.
With two outs J.D. Davis hit a sharp single to second baseman Ian Kinsler, who was unable to play the ball cleanly.
Juan Lagares came on to pitch run for Davis and reached second on a wild pitch. Brandon Nimmo, who was robbed of a home run earlier in the game, drew a walk.
Once again the Mets can capitalize on having two runners on base, but failed to do so.
Nido, who was 2-for-3 with a home run, was due up.
While he was “hot” offensively, veteran catcher Wilson Ramos was the only guy left in the dugout, and the guy with more experience in these situations. Instead of pinch-hitting with Ramos, likely because the Mets had played a late game the previous night and had an afternoon game, Nido got his turn.
Nido struck out swinging on three pitches to end the game.
With the loss, the Mets sit three games under .500 (17-20) and are third place in the NL East behind the division-leading Phillies and the Braves. The team is in 10th place in the NL and 2-6 in May.
The Mets look to get back on track as they head back to Flushing for a three-game series against the Marlins before heading back on the road for more division play against the Nationals and Marlins.
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