NEW YORK (AP) – Mets steady closer Jeurys Familia stumbled for a second
straight game, allowing two runs in the ninth inning as the Colorado Rockies
beat New York 2-1 Thursday for their seventh win in eight games.
Less than 24 hours after Familia’s streak of 52 consecutive regular-season
saves was snapped, the right-hander entered in the top of the ninth with a 1-0
lead, and couldn’t hold it.
Trevor Story had a leadoff single and stole second. After fellow rookie David
Dahl walked, Daniel Descalso bunted up the first base line. Mets catcher Rene
Rivera watched as the ball spun toward foul territory but it stopped fair,
loading the bases with no out.
With one out, Familia (2-3) got pinch-hitter Cristhian Adames to hit a slow
grounder to the right side. First baseman James Loney booted the ball and Story
scored to make it 1-all. Familia then threw a wild pitch, allowing Dahl to cross
the plate with the go-ahead run.
Dealing with a rare early start to open a series because of a camp day at Citi
Field, neither offense was able to do much against starters Jacob deGrom and
Pitching in front a crowd comprised partially of campers donning brightly
colored t-shirts, the shaggy-haired deGrom allowed only one runner to reach
second base over seven innings of scoreless ball.
Rivera drove in the Mets only run with a double into the right-center field
gap, but was easily tagged out at third trying to stretch a triple.
Anderson, meanwhile, continued to impress in his rookie campaign. The
left-hander struck out five and walked none, allowing seven hits over six
Jordan Lyles (3-3) pitched a scoreless eighth for the Rockies, and closer
Carlos Estevez had a perfect ninth for his 11th save.
New York loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh inning off of reliever
Jake McGee. Right-hander Scott Oberg came on to retire three straight batters to
end the threat.
Mets: 3B Jose Reyes missed his third straight game with a strained left
ribcage, hurt during his final at-bat in the first game of a doubleheader on
Tuesday. “He was pretty sore last night when he left here,” Mets manager Terry
Collins said Thursday morning. “I talked to the trainers before I left and they
said there’s just no way he’s going to be able to play tomorrow.” … OF Yoenis
Cespedes was not in the starting lineup due to a flare-up of a right quad injury
first sustained on July 8. “Last night he came in when the game was over and
said it was starting to bother him pretty bad,” Collins said. Cespedes was
walked intentionally as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning and was promptly
lifted for a pinch runner.
Rockies: OF Gerardo Parra (sprained left ankle) is set to begin a rehab
assignment with Double-A Hartford on Friday. He was placed on the 15-day
disabled list on Jun. 17, retroactive to the 15th.
Rockies: RHP Tyler Chatwood (9-6, 3.65) takes the hill on Friday night. He is
2-0 with a 1.57 ERA in four career starts against the Mets. The 26-year-old won
on Sunday against Atlanta, allowing no runs over five innings despite walking
Mets: LHP Steven Matz (8-6, 3.36) earned the win on Sunday in Miami, his first
since May 25.
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