Despite a simply awesome outing from starter Chris Young, the Mets' bullpen was unable to hold the lead, and the team lost the rubber game of a three-game set, 7-3 in 11 innings, to the Nationals at Citi Field this afternoon.
Keys to the game:
In the 11th inning with the game tied at three, the Nats got the go-ahead run on an RBI single from Ivan Rodriguez, and then Laynce Nix added a three-run homer, both coming against Blaine Boyer.
Young (1-0) was tremendous, allowing just one run on one hit in seven innings while consistently working ahead of hitters and inducing numerous fly ball outs.
The bullpen couldn't hold it though, with D.J. Carrasco allowing two hits and a walk to lose the lead in the eighth.
The Mets took an early 2-0 lead on RBI singles from David Wright and Angel Pagan in the second and added another on a run-scoring single from Ike Davis in the fifth.
Pagan did have a chance to win the game in the 10th but grounded out with runners on the corners.
Next up for the Mets is a four-game series with the Rockies starting tomorrow night at Citi Field at 7:10 p.m.
Commentary: This was a brutal loss in a game the Mets needed. Young was absolutely dominant, and it is a shame he didn't get the win. The Mets have now lost four of five and are under .500 again at 4-5. Things will now get much tougher with the next seven games against the Rockies and Braves.