The New York Mets were defeated by the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday afternoon. The game took place at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida and the final score was 4-3 Rays. Bartolo Colon pitched ok and the bullpen was good. Daniel Murphy and Yoenis Cespedes each had two hits to lead the offense.
Colon pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up nine hits and four runs with no walks or strikeouts. Eric O'Flaherty pitched to one batter and retired him and Bobby Parnell pitched an inning giving up a hit and struck out one.
Chris Archer pitched six innings giving up four hits and three runs with four walks and ten strikeouts. Xavier Cedeno pitched an inning giving up a hit and struck out one and won his second game. Steve Geltz pitched an inning giving up a hit and he struck out one and Jake McGee saved his sixth game of the season pitching an inning with a strikeout.
Curtis Granderson had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk, Murphy had two hits and two RBI and Cespedes had two hits. Juan Uribe drew a walk, Wilmer Flores had a hit and drew a walk and Kevin Plawecki drew a walk. Murphy hit a double and the Mets were 1-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
John Jaso had two hits and three RBI, Evan Longoria had a hit and Logan Forsythe had two hits. Richie Shaffer had three hits and an RBI, Brandon Guyer had a hit and Rene Rivera had a hit. Rivera and Jaso each hit a double and Shaffer hit a homerun. The Rays were 1-4 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base.
In the second Granderson drew an RBI walk adn Murphy hit a two run single to make it 3-0 Mets. In the third Jaso hit a sac fly to cut the lead to 3-1 Mets. Jaso hit a two run double in the fifth to tie the game at three and in the seventh Shaffer hit a solo homerun to give the Rays a 4-3 lead and that would be the final score. The Mets will return home to play the Colorado Rockies on Monday night. It is the beginning of a four game series.