In case the Mets’ Friday the 13th hadn’t been bad enough before a pitch was thrown at Citi Field, the reigning World Series champions were waiting in the visiting dugout.
On a day that began with news of Jacob deGrom being shut down for at least two more weeks because of elbow inflammation that had not fully subsided and Javier Baez going on the injured list with back spasms, the Mets ended it by suffering a crushing loss, 6-5 to the Dodgers in 10 innings.
After coming alive in the seventh inning to erase a 4-0 deficit, the Mets (59-56) still came up short in front of a season-high crowd of 38,395.
Kicking off a daunting 13-game stretch against the Dodgers (70-46) and Giants, two of the National League’s best teams, the Mets missed a chance to reclaim first place in the NL East a week after they had lost it, after the Phillies lost to the Reds on Friday night.
Dodgers catcher Will Smith led off the 10th inning with a two-run homer off Jeurys Familia, who was pitching for a third straight day, to make it 6-4.
Pete Alonso started the bottom of the 10th on second base, tagged up and went to third on Jeff McNeil’s deep flyout off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. J.D. Davis then drew a walk to put runners on the corners for Jonathan Villar, who grounded out to third, scoring Alonso to make it a one-run game.
The Dodgers followed by intentionally walking James McCann to bring up pinch-hitter Tomas Nido, the last position player left on the Mets bench. He swung at the first pitch he saw and flew out to end the game.
Edwin Diaz, also pitching for a third straight day, entered in the ninth in a 4-4 game and issued a leadoff walk to ex-Met Billy McKinney. Austin Barnes then tried to get down a sacrifice bunt, but instead popped up to Diaz. During an at-bat by Trea Turner — who was initially given a hit-by-pitch before replay reviews showed the ball clearly hit his bat — Diaz balked, putting McKinney on second base.
Diaz rebounded by striking out Turner before going 0-2 on Max Muncy before Muncy called time and pointed to an apparent green laser in left field. It caused a brief delay while umpires addressed the issue, but Diaz was unbothered, punching out Muncy to end the frame.
Jansen then retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extras.
The Mets began the game with three regulars out of their starting lineup, but they ended up being the three key figures in the seventh-inning comeback. Left-handed hitters Dominic Smith, Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil all started on the bench — in favor of Kevin Pillar, Albert Almora Jr. and Brandon Drury — against Dodgers lefty Julio Urias. Manager Luis Rojas cited the three batters having played both ends of Thursday’s doubleheader and the Mets not having another day off until Aug. 23.
Conforto pinch hit in the seventh and sparked the four-run rally with a two-out double. He came around to score on a single by Smith, who had pinch hit two innings earlier, to get the Mets on the scoreboard, 4-1.
Brandon Nimmo followed with a walk before the Dodgers intentionally walked Alonso to bring up McNeil, who had entered as a pinch hitter in the sixth. Facing lefty reliever Justin Bruihl, McNeil came through with a two-run single to center field, pulling the Mets within 4-3.
Blake Treinen relieved Bruihl and his third pitch went to the backstop, allowing Alonso to score from third to tie the game at four to the roar of the crowd.
Rookie right-hander Tylor Megill gave the Mets a chance, navigating a tough lineup and allowing three runs over five innings. He limited the damage by giving up two sacrifice flies, leaving with a 3-0 deficit.
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