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Mets suffer first extra-inning loss of season, fall to Marlins 2-0

The New York Mets (53-33) suffered their first extra-inning loss of the season on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field as they fell to the Miami Marlins (41-43), 2-0, in 10 innings. With the loss, the two teams split the four-game series.

The storyline of this game was pitching. Mets right-hander Taijuan Walker tossed seven shutout innings while allowing just three hits and striking out seven. Marlins starter Sandy Alcantra matched that as he threw seven scoreless innings.

Miami finally plated the first run of the game in the top of the 10th. Billy Hamilton, who started the extra frame at second base, stole third and then scored on a bad throw by New York’s catcher Tomás Nido. Later in the inning, Luke Williams ripped one to center for a two-out RBI single to make it 2-0.

With one out in the bottom of the 10th, Brandon Nimmo came to the plate as the tying run and hammered one to deep right field but the ball fell a few feet short of going over the wall. It would have been a game-tying two-run home run. Francisco Lindor struck out with two on to end the game.

Luis Guillorme collected three of the Mets’ seven hits. New York finished 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.

The Mets will begin a seven-game road trip on Monday night starting with three in Atlanta against the Braves. It will be another excellent pitching matchup as Max Scherzer will take the ball for New York and Max Fried will start for Atlanta. The first pitch is set for 7:20 p.m.