The New York Mets lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates by the score of 11-2 on Saturday afternoon. The game took place at Citi Field in Flushing, New York. Jon Niese got the start for the Mets and did not pitch well at all. The bullpen did a decent job although three of them came in and each gave up a run. Marlon Byrd led the offense with two hits.
Niese took the loss which was his fourth of the season. Niese pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up eight hits and runs with three walks and a strikeout. Scott Atchison pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up two hits and a run, LaTroy Hawkins pitched two innings giving up four hits and a run with a strikeout and Robert Carson pitched two innings giving up two hits and a run with a walk and three strikeouts.
Ruben Tejada had a hit and drew a walk, David Wright had a hit and Justin Turner had a hit and drew a walk. Byrd had two hits and an RBI, Andrew Brown had a hit and an RBI and Juan Lagares had a hit. Tejada hit a double, Brown hit a homerun and the Mets were 1-6 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.
Francisco Liriano earned his first win of the season pitching 5 1/3 innings giving up six hits and a run. He walked two and struck out nine. Bryan Morris pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings with three strikeouts, Justin Wilson pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts and Tony Watson pitched an inning giving up a hit and a run with two strikeouts.
Starling Marte had two hits, Jordy Mercer had two hits and two RBI and Andrew McCutchen had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk. Gaby Sanchez had a hit and drew a walk, Jose Tabata had four hits and three RBI and Brandon Inge had two hits. McKenry had two hits, three RBI and drew a walk, Clint Barmes had two hits, two RBI and drew a walk and Tabata hit a double and a homerun. Mercer hit two homeruns and the Pirates were 6-12 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
Barmes hit an RBI single in the second to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead. In the third they took a 4-0 lead on a McCutchen RBI single and Tabata two run homerun. In the fifth Mercer hit a solo homerun, Tabata hit a two run homerun, McKenry hit a two run single and Barmes hit an RBI single to make it 9-0 Pirates. In the sixth Byrd hit an RBI single to make it a 9-1 game. McKenry hit an RBI single in the seventh to make it 10-1, in the eighth Mercer hit a solo homerun making it 11-1 and Brown hit a homerun in the ninth to make it 11-2.
The Mets record dropped to 14-19 and the Pirates record improved to 20-16. The two teams will play game four of their four game series on Sunday afternoon, the Mets are looking for a split in the series.