Mets come up just short in loss to elite Padres

SAN DIEGO — After feasting on underperforming competitors or dangerous groups for the final two-plus weeks, the Mets confronted an enormous boy Thursday night time and had been promptly smacked down a notch.

The hit parade of the final a number of days stopped and Taijuan Walker’s efficiency was amongst his shakiest of the season in the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Padres at Petco Park to start a four-game sequence.

The Mets, who misplaced for the second time in three video games, managed solely six hits, as Jonathan Villar (proper hamstring tightness) was absent from the beginning lineup and Pete Alonso obtained a relaxation, in a precautionary measure, after beginning three straight video games off the injured listing.

Walker lasted 5 innings and surrendered 4 runs, three earned, on seven hits and 4 walks over 5 innings earlier than supervisor Luis Rojas turned the sport over to Jacob Barnes in the sixth. It marked solely the second time this season that Walker surrendered greater than two earned runs in a begin.

Billy McKinney’s two-out RBI triple off the right-field fence in the eighth gave the Mets renewed hope as they sliced the Padres’ lead to 4-3. But Brandon Drury was then retired to strand the tying run at third.

Fernando Tatis Jr. scores on a wild pitch beating the tag of Taijuan Walker during the Mets' 4-3 loss to the Padres.
Fernando Tatis Jr. scores on a wild pitch beating the tag of Taijuan Walker in the course of the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Padres.
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Rojas discovered just the proper spot for Alonso in the sixth, sending up the slugger with the bases loaded and one out towards lefty Tim Hill. But Alonso, who delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning a day earlier to assist the Mets escape victorious from Arizona, grounded into an inning-ending double play to hold the Padres’ lead at 4-2.

The Mets didn’t present life towards Yu Darvish till the sixth, when James McCann continued his torrid stretch with a two-run homer to left that received the Mets on the board. The homer was McCann’s second in as many video games and third since Saturday. He entered on a 9-for-19 (.474) rampage.

Darvish, who dominated by means of the primary 5 innings, by no means survived the sixth. After the McCann homer, he plunked Dominic Smith and was faraway from the sport. Over 5 ¹/₃ innings, he allowed two earned runs on 4 hits with 5 strikeouts and one stroll.

Fernando Tatis Jr. cleared the center-field fence (just barely) in the third for a two-run homer that supplied the sport’s first scoring. Tatis’ drive hit inside Mason Williams’ glove as he reached above the fence and popped out as he descended. The homer was Tatis’ seventeenth of the season, tying him with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Ronald Acuna Jr. for the MLB lead.

Darvish’s fourth-inning double — his second hit of the sport — helped the Padres take a 3-0 lead. Jurickson Profar delivered an RBI single for the run, after Walker had walked Victor Caratini with one out to start the rally.

Walker walked Manny Machado to start the inning after which retired Jake Cronenworth earlier than Tatis — the NL Player of the Month for May — linked. Tatis had missed Wednesday’s sport towards the Cubs with indirect discomfort.

The Mets ought to have escaped the fifth inning with out a run scoring, however received sloppy. First, Brandon Drury dedicated a throwing error on Wil Myers’ grounder to third, leaving Tatis protected at second. After each runners superior on a floor out, Walker buried a breaking ball in entrance of the plate that bounced previous McCann for a wild pitch, permitting Tatis to race residence with the Padres’ fourth run.

Darvish didn’t permit successful till the fifth, when Williams with two outs singled off Cronenworth’s glove at first base. Jose Peraza adopted with a single to put runners on the corners, however Darvish retired Walker to finish the menace.

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