Well, thanks for nothing, Nelson Figueroa. You couldn’t even get out of the second inning without giving up six runs, a deficit the Mets would never be able to make up Monday night.
The Mets nearly did come back, chipping away at the six-run deficit, but they couldn’t get that tying run. The D-backs didn’t score again, giving the Mets the chance.
The Mets scored a run in the third inning when Angel Pagan hit a triple, scoring Omir Santos, who had hit a double to lead off the inning. They then scored three more runs in the fifth inning off of a Luis Castillo two-run single with the bases loaded. David Wright also had an RBI to allow the Mets to pull within two runs. Daniel Murphy closed the gap even further by hitting a solo home run, his seventh and tying Wright, in the sixth. The Mets would get only one more hit, a double by Gary Sheffield, the rest of the game.
The Mets’ bullpen is what allowed them to get so close. After Figueroa left the game having pitched just 1 2/3 innings, Tim Redding relieved him and threw 3 1/3 scoreless innings. Bobby Parnell, Brian Stokes and Pedro Feliciano closed out the game, allowing only one hit and one walk combined.
With the loss, the Mets are once again five games under .500 and 10 games behind the Phillies in the division. They play a short two-game series against the Cardinals with Johan Santana taking on Joel Pineiro Tuesday night and Livan Hernandez against Kyle Lohse on Wednesday afternoon.