Still a successful road trip at 4-2, the New York Mets lose the final two games against the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend.
By Robby Sabo
Close but no cigar for the New York Mets.
During their three-game set with the Tampa Bay Rays, only the Friday night ninth-inning rally turned out to be their only win. Saturday and Sunday featured two more one-run games, but ones that ended up in losses.
Their once proud seven-game win streak has now turned into a mini two-game slump.
On Sunday, it was Bartolo Colon (10-11) taking the loss. He could only muster 6.2 innings which saw him surrender four earned runs over just four hits. Rays prospect Richie Shaffer did hit him for the hardest hit in the seventh-inning with a tie-breaking solo home run.
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Despite racking up a high pitch count, Tampa starter Chris Archer came away with a workmanlike performance. He went six, striking out 10 Mets and allowing three runs.
Daniel Murphy knocked in two runs on a double in the second-inning, one that featured the entirety of the Mets scoring today. Colon simply couldn’t hold the early 3-0 lead.
This game turned out to be as similar as the first two. They played more like pennant-race baseball than an early August contest. Close, pressurized situations were present at every turn.
New York will return home tonight and prepare for a hot Colorado Rockies team who comes into Citi Field tomorrow night.
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