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Justin Verlander hammered by Rays in Mets home loss

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  • Kyle Evans 

Things continued to get worse for the New York Mets on Tuesday night at Citi Field as Justin Verlander got hammered by the Tampa Bay Rays in an 8-5 loss.

New York has dropped 16 of their last 22 and are just two games ahead of the Washington Nationals for last place in the National League East.

DiSanto Propane (Billboard)

Verlander, who was making his first start in Queens as a member of the Mets, allowed six runs on eight hits over five innings. Dominic Leone and Drew Smith each allowed a run in relief.

Pete Alons and Eduardo Escobar each hit two-run homers, while Brett Baty smacked a solo shot.

Kodai Senga will try to help the Mets get back in the win column on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m.