Mets drop the first series of the season with a loss to Mariners

The number of MLB teams that haven’t lost a series this season was reduced to zero on Sunday.

In this case, the Mets were mostly cooked off their bullpen, but another hit in the ninth inning would have excused that in an 8-7 loss to the Mariners at Citi Field.

The Mariners, who have won two out of three, became the first team to win a series against the Mets this season. In their previous 10 series, the Mets had won nine and drawn one more.

The Mets nearly added another fantastic finish to their list of great comebacks this season, scoring twice in game nine before Pete Alonso smashed Diego Castillo with loaded bases to end it.

In the ninth, Eduardo Escobar tripled against Drew Steckenrider — the Mets’ first hit since the fourth inning — before Jeff McNeil delivered an RBI single. Patrick Mazeika’s infield single put the runners in first and second place, and Brandon Nimmo’s RBI double against the shift drew the Mets 8-7. Starling Marte slammed into Castillo and Francisco Lindor was hit on foot on purpose before Castillo Alonso, who was trying to control his momentum on the final throw, completed the count and was called out.

Drew Smith reacts to giving up a home run in the Mets’ loss to the Mariners on Sunday.
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Chasen Shreve handed a game-defining homer to Julio Rodriguez, who led the sixth. Before the inning was over, Cal Raleigh homed on Drew Smith. The two-run blast left the Mets 7-5 behind.

It was a second appearance in as many days for Shreve to concede a game-changing homer – Jesse Winker hit a three-run blaster against him the previous night. Smith, who started the season with 13 ¹/₃ shutout innings, has now been scored in consecutive appearances.

The Mariners scored an extra run in seventh place when Joely Rodriguez allowed an RBI single to Julio Rodriguez.

Julio Rodriguez hits a solo home run in the sixth inning.
Julio Rodriguez hits a solo home run in the sixth inning.
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JD Davis and Nimmo each tripled in the fourth — the first time the Mets had two triples in the same inning in four years — sparking a four-run breakout that put the Mariners in a 5-4 hole.

Alonso streaked an inning lead and Mark Canha walked before Davis scored a three-pointer with a shot down right field on Robbie Ray. After Escobar left, Nimmo delivered with two outs and brought in the runs with his three. Lindor had given the Mets a first-inning lead by blasting a 423-foot solo homer into the second deck in left field.

Carlos Carrasco was eliminated in the fifth round after allowing four earned runs in eight hits with two strikeouts and a walk. Two stellar performances followed from the right-hander, in which he allowed two earned runs over 14 ²/₃ innings against the Braves and Nationals.

Mike Ford’s two-run single in the fourth and Abraham Toro’s subsequent sacrifice fly had put the Mets in a 4-1 hole after Carrasco loaded the bases on two singles and a walk.

Toro’s double leading from the third had resulted in the Mariners scoring their first run on Raleigh’s double play grounder. Adam Frazier also doubled in the inning but was left stranded. Mets drop the first series of the season with a loss to Mariners


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