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Mets bullpen blows late lead in loss to Phillies

The New York Mets dropped the series opener to the Philadelphia Phillies, 5-4, on Monday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Once again, the bullpen cost them the game as they allowed four runs in the eighth.

The Mets scored three of their four runs in the first inning. Pete Alonso drove in the first run with a groundout to third. Eduardo Escobar followed that with a RBI single to right and one batter later Mark Canha picked up a RBI with a single to right to cap off the three-run first.

Francisco Lindor extended New York’s lead in the seventh with a RBI single to right.


Kyle Schwarber started the Nationals four-run eighth with a RBI groundout. Then, J.T. Realmuto crushed a two-run home run to left to make it a one-run game. Later in the inning, Rhys Hoskins ripped a RBI double to left to tie the game at four. Didi Gregorius followed that with a RBI double and that proved to be the game-winning hit.

Taijuan Walker started the game for the Mets and tossed two shutout innings before leaving the game with what is being described as “right shoulder irritation.” David Peterson was the first one out of the bullpen and fired four shutout innings. Trevor May allowed a run in one inning of work before also leaving the game with an injury. After the game, May described it as “dead arm.” Joely Rodríguez and Seth Lugo each allowed two runs.

Brandon Nimmo collected two of the teams seven hits in the loss.

The Mets will try to bounce back on Tuesday night as they send Tylor Megill to the mound. First pitch is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.



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