Only after Jerry Blevins arrived at Citi Field on Sunday did Mickey Callaway ask him how he felt about starting on the mound. At first, Blevins, a 12-year veteran with 532 relief appearances and no starts, thought his manager was joking. Once he started to piece together the circumstances, Blevins accepted the assignment with enthusiasm.
Far from an ideal situation for the Mets, it was one Callaway said he was comfortable with heading into the team’s sixth consecutive loss — an 8-7 defeat that Blevins started and Justin Turner effectively ended with a go-ahead solo homer. That 11th-inning shot off Chris Flexen, the Dodgers’ seventh of the game, dropped the Mets to a season-worst 13 games under .500.
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