After taking the first two games of the series, the Mets quickly reverted back to the business of losing as Mike Trout and company routed NY for a dozen runs, eight of which knocked starter Tommy Milone off the mound in the second.
Sunday at Citi Field the Angels literally walked all over Mets pitching with five of the nine batters gifted a free pass being driven to the plate.
Milone, in his second consecutive awful outing, had an ominous start surrendering back- to-back base hits, an intentional walk, followed by an unintentional walk RBI, and a grand slam before any outs were recorded.
The lit up lefty returned to the rubber in the second looking to limit the damage to a five spot, only to be torched by Trout and Jefry Marte’s subsequent two-run and solo shots extending LA’s lead to eight before Mets fans had finished their first beer.
Rafael Montero had the dubious honor of mopping up the mess, and despite continued command issues, (three walks) he yielded only one run in 3.2 innings of work.
Rookie Matt Reynolds, getting the start at short in lieu of Jose Reyes’ late scratch due to left rib cage tightness, gave his team a dose of dignity putting the Mets on the board in the third with his first home run of the season.
After Curtis Granderson led off the fifth with his fourth four bagger, consecutive hits in the sixth by Michael Conforto and Wilmer Flores set the stage for Jay Bruce to say, “So long” to his hitting slump by blasting a three-run shot to close the gap 9-5.
And just when hope filled the air in Flushing, the Angels took flight in the seventh off of the hapless Hansel Robles, in relief of a brief successful stint by Neil Ramirez. A walk to Luis Valbuena, a double by Cameron Maybin and a fly ball over the left field wall from Andrelton Simmons gave LA an even dozen, putting a dagger in the Mets futile attempt at procuring a sweep.
With an off day on Monday, Matt Harvey returns to the mound with his 2-3 record and bloated 5.56 ERA. It remains to be seen if the malcontent starter can find the means in his pitching toolbox to turn his sorry season around against the NL West last place San Diego Padres.