For the second time this week, a Mets pitcher returned from the injured listing and delivered a robust begin.
And for the second time, they have been unable to show it right into a win.
An evening after exploding for 10 runs, the Mets have been held down by the Marlins, losing Chris Bassitt’s high quality outing in a 5-2 loss on Friday night time at Citi Subject.
Bassitt, making his first begin in 13 days after testing constructive for COVID-19, gave up two runs over 6 ¹/₃ innings. He scattered six hits, three of them doubles by Bryan De La Cruz, and didn’t stroll a batter whereas hanging out three.
However as occurred Tuesday, when Max Scherzer was dealt a no-decision regardless of throwing six shutout innings, Bassitt was not rewarded for his efforts as he left the sport with a 2-1 deficit.
Other than solo dwelling runs by Brandon Nimmo and Francisco Lindor, the Mets (52-32) have been unable to mount a lot offense towards right-hander Pablo Lopez and the Marlins bullpen, whereas their very own relievers allowed Miami (40-42) to tack on insurance coverage runs late.
Chris Bassitt pitches on Friday throughout the Mets’ loss to the Marlins. Robert Sabo for the NY POST
Chris Bassitt reacts throughout the Mets’ loss to the Marlins. Corey Sipkin for the NY POST
Drew Smith relieved Bassitt and gave up a two-run homer to Garrett Cooper within the prime of the eighth inning for a 4-1 Marlins lead, which appeared worse when Lindor hit his solo homer within the backside of the body.
The Mets then proceeded to load the bases with two outs, however lefty reliever Steven Okert bought Eduardo Escobar to fly out to finish the menace. Escobar went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and left seven males on base.
Total, the Mets went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring place and left 10 on base.
Drew Smith reacts after giving up a two-run dwelling run within the eighth inning. Corey Sipkin for the NY POST
Garrett Cooper hits a two-run homer off of Drew Smith within the eighth inning.USA TODAY Sports activities
The Marlins added a run within the ninth off Joely Rodriguez for additional respiration room.
After Bassitt tossed an 11-pitch first inning, the Marlins bought to him within the second to take the lead. Jesus Aguilar led off with an infield single down the third-base line earlier than Avisail Garcia roped a one-out single by means of the suitable aspect. De La Cruz then drilled a double over Mark Canha in left subject, placing the Marlins up 1-0.
Nimmo tied the rating within the third inning when he took Lopez deep for a solo homer into the second deck in proper subject. It marked Nimmo’s third dwelling run prior to now 5 video games as he continued to construct his case for an All-Star bid.
Brandon Nimmo hits a house run within the third inning. Robert Sabo for the NY POST
The Mets put runners on the corners with one out within the fourth inning, however Lopez shut down the scoring probability by hanging out Escobar and Tomas Nido.
That got here again to harm when the Marlins regained the lead within the prime of the fifth. De La Cruz led off with a double off the wall in right-center subject and moved to 3rd base on a single by Miguel Rojas. Bassitt bought the primary out of the inning on a groundout, however Joey Wendle got here up subsequent and hit a sacrifice fly to proper subject to offer the Marlins a 2-1 benefit.
Bassitt exited the sport with one out within the seventh inning after throwing his 99th pitch, which De La Cruz clocked for an additional double. Smith entered from the bullpen and gave up an infield single earlier than getting an inning-ending double play to strand De La Cruz on third.