Posted by Craig Mitchell at 3:51 AM
Saturday night in Arizona, Wellington Castillo hit a two run homer in the bottom of the 7th inning; the Dbacks beat the Mets 2-1. The Met offense continues to struggle as the Met starters continue to dwindle. Friday, the Mets lost Daniel Murphy to the 15 DL with a tight quad; Saturday Wilmer Flores had to sit with body stiffness. Juan Lagares supported Bartolo Colon early with an opposite field homer in the top of the 2nd for a 1-0 lead. Colon was sharp and looked like he was going to make that single run hold up tossing 6 scoreless innings. But in the bottom of the 7th Chris Owings singled and then Castillo homered to left, his 3rd homer on the year and first as a Diamondback to seal the victory. Colon gets the loss but pitched better going 7 allowing 5 hits the 2 runs (earned) walking 1 and striking out 7. He falls to 8-4 on the year. Chase Anderson went 5 2/3 allowing the 1 run on 8 hits gets a no decision. Randall Delgado gets the win in relief he’s now 3-2. The Mets did manage 10 hits on the night with 2 hits apiece by Michael Cuddyer, Lagares and Eric Campbell. Cuddyer extended his hitting streak to 11 games; Ruben Tejada went 1 for 3 and extends his to 9. With the loss the Mets fall to 30-27 on the year and 9-19 on the road and trail this 4 game set 2 games to 1. The Nationals also lost on Saturday so the Mets still remain ½ game out of first in the NL East. Sunday afternoon it’s game 4 of the series. Jacob deGrom (6-4 2.41) tries to end the road trip with a win for the Mets, Josh Collmenter (3-5 5.03) goes for the Diamondbacks.