Coming off a landslide win in their opener with the Blue Jays, the Mets were probably hoping for a carryover effect to lead them to a similar result the next day.
Instead, the Mets had one of their quieter nights at the plate in a 3-2 loss to Toronto at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, N.Y., on Saturday night. A ho-hum night for the offense dropped the fourth-place Mets to six games behind Atlanta in the National League East. It also wasted a respectable performance by Seth Lugo, at a time in the season when New York can’t really afford to not capitalize on good performances by either of its two most reliable starters.
Lugo recorded his longest outing of the season in both innings (5 1/3) and pitches (91), and he looked strong throughout. He retired the first seven batters he faced before allowing his first base hit.
The Mets are now four games under .500, and if they are to win this series, they will have to come out swinging on Sunday against veteran lefty Hyun Jin Ryu, who despite a subpar outing recently vs. the Yankees, has been exactly the ace that the Blue Jays were hoping for when they signed him.
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