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Mets bullpen collapses late in series-opening loss to Giants 

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  • Kyle Evans 

It looked as if the New York Mets (21-29) were going to snap their three-game losing skid and open the 10-game homestand with a win on Friday night as they led by four runs heading into the final two innings, but the bullpen collapsed, resulting in an 8-7 loss to the San Francisco Giants (26-26).

Reed Garret allowed a run-scoring double and a go-ahead grand slam in an ugly eighth inning. Then, Jorge López surrendered another run in the ninth as the Giants added to their lead and held on in the bottom of the ninth despite the Mets cutting the deficit to one.

J.D. Martínez, Mark Vientos, and Pete Alonso crushed solo home runs. Alonso, Jeff McNeil, and Francisco Lindor drove in runs with RBI singles, while Tomás Nido added a sacrifice fly.

Christian Scott tossed six innings of two-run ball in his fourth Major League start.

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The Mets will try to get back in the win column on Saturday at 1:40 p.m. with Luis Severino on the mound.