Posted by Craig Mitchell at 10:32 PM
Friday night at Citi Field, Bobby Parnell allowed three consecutive hits in the top of the 10th inning. The Pirates go on to score twice as they beat the Mets 3-2. For the first 9 innings the only runs came on solo homers. The Pirates got off to a 1-0 in the top of the first when Neil Walker hit a solo homer off Bartolo Colon, his 12th on the year. In the 6th Yoenis Cespedes launched his 2nd NY Met homer and 20th on the year to tie the game at 1. In the 10th Parnell allowed singles by Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli to start off the inning. Sterling Marte ran for Stewart and it was 1st and 3rd. The next batter Placido Polanco lined an RBI single to make it 2-1 Bucs. Carlos Torres relieved Parnell and intentionally walked Andrew McCutchen to load the bases. Aramis Ramirez then hit a sac-fly to right to make it 3-1. In the bottom of the 10th the Mets made a run against Pittsburgh closer Mark Melancon. Juan Lagares led off with a double advancing to 3rd on a wild pitch and scoring on a sac-fly by Curtis Granderson. Melancon held on for this 36th save. Parnell takes the loss falling to 1-2. Arquimedes Caminero nabs the win he’s now 3-1. Colon pitched great getting the no-decision going 7 allowing just 5 hits the 1 run (earned) walking 2 and striking out 7. Tyler Clippard masterfully scorelessly navigated thought the heart of the Pirate order in the 8th; Jeurys Familia pitched a scoreless 9th. Cespedes went 3 for 5 and was a triple shy of the cycle to lead the offense for the Mets. With the loss the Mets 4 game winning streak comes to an end as they fall to 63-53 and are now 42-19 at home. With the Nats playing in San Francisco the Mets are now 4 games in front in the NL East pending that result. Saturday it’s games 2 of the set. The red hot Jonathon Niese (7-9 3.46) goes for the Mets, Charlie Morton (7-4 4.48) goes for Pittsburgh.