In the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader at Citi Field, the Mets gifted the Diamondbacks a win.
The Diamondbacks jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first when Chris Owings lofted a solo homer to left field.
After the Mets wasted an tons of scoring chances, grounding into five double plays over the course of the game to stall would-be rallies, they handed the Diamondbacks the game in the ninth inning.
Jenrry Mejia appeared to have escaped a jam in the ninth, when he induced a ground ball to David Wright with two outs and runners at the corners. However, Daniel Murphy dropped what should’ve been the inning-ending force at second base as Arizona scored what turned out to be the winning run.
The Mets had a chance to rally in the ninth, when they had runners on first and second with one out. However, Juan Lagares struck out looking and Daniel Murphy flew out to left field to strand the runners and end the game.
- Rafael Montero got the start for the Mets and turned in a stellar performance. In 6 innings pitched, Montero allowed one run on two hits, walked three and struck out 10.
- Jeurys Familia worked around a leadoff double to pitch a scoreless seventh.
- Jose Valverde worked into and out of a scoreless jam in the eighth.
The Mets and Diamondbacks play the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader later this afternoon. Daisuke Matsuzaka, making a spot-start, takes the ball for the Mets. He’ll be opposed by Zeke Spruill for Arizona.