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Mets bullpen struggles continue as they blow 9th inning lead in loss to Dodgers

Abbey Mastracco, New York Daily News on

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NEW YORK — The Mets’ late-inning relief issues continued to plague them in the first game of the day, and they were simply beaten by a better team in the nightcap.

Tylor Megill shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Citi Field, but once again, the Mets blew a ninth-inning lead and lost 5-2 in 10 innings. The Mets managed only three hits against right-hander Gavin Stone in the second game and the Dodgers completed the twin-bill sweep with a 3-0 win.

The Mets held a 2-0 lead going into the eighth inning of the first game, but right-hander Reed Garrett allowed a run, and right-hander Adam Ottavino blew a save in the ninth when he allowed another. Right-hander Jorge Lopez (0-2) gave up three runs in the 10th.

Mookie Betts singled on the first pitch he saw from Lopez in the top of the 10th, scoring the automatic runner. Lopez got Ohtani out but then gave up a two-run homer to Freddie Freeman.

The Mets (22-32) were booed off of their home field twice on Tuesday.

With Edwin Diaz in a deep slump, the Mets are trying to piece together ninth-inning save opportunities with a rotating cast of relievers. So far, they haven’t found an effective reliever. Garrett blew a save Friday against the San Francisco Giants and the Mets decided to go back to Diaz in the closer role on Saturday. Diaz then blew his fourth save and third in a row.

 

Ottavino was warming up in the eighth in case he was needed with Garrett struggling, so the Mets stuck with him in the ninth.

“We mixed and matched but once we got Otto hot in the eighth, with us playing two I just decided to go with Otto,” said manager Carlos Mendoza.

Ottavino allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning, putting runners on the corners. Chris Taylor dropped a bunt down in front of home plate and Ottavino dropped it before finally getting it in his glove, but not before all of the runners tagged up.

Hernandez scored the tying run for the Dodgers (35-22). The Mets loaded the bases on Daniel Hudson with one out in the ninth but came up empty.

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