Sundays have not been very kind to the boys from Queens, as another thwarted sweep snapped their four-game winning streak in a 3-2 rain-delayed loss against Oakland.
While Mets starter Rafael Montero showed much improvement from his prior outing, altitude issues with high heat accounted for all three Athletics home runs.
“I think I need to keep the ball a little bit lower,” Montero said. “That’s really where I got into some trouble and there was damage done against me. Those home runs, when they occurred, that’s because I kept the ball too high.”
The downtrodden Dominican kept the Mets in the game hurling a season-high seven innings, but seven runners stranded on base left Montero holding a 1-7 record, on a day he notched his first major league hit.
Michael Conforto, one of the Mets who will remain on their roster come trade deadline time, continued his hot hitting with a single and a solo homer – his 19th of the season.
Lucas Duda, a candidate for a change of scenery, was silent at the plate, 0-4 with a strikeout after hitting safely in eight of his previous nine games.
After Josh Smoker and Fernando Salas silenced the A’s in two innings of relief, NY had a chance at some come from behind heroics after Wilmer Flores belted a one out base hit in the ninth. But Cespedes, who blabbed to the media that he’d like to end his career in Oakland, flied out to center, and fellow pinch-hitter Travis d’Arnaud, leaving his best at Citi Field on Saturday, popped up to first.
On Monday the Mets take their 45-51 record on a 10-game western road trip. RHP Jacob deGrom will attempt to make it a dozen wins as he squares off against Padres LHP Clayton Richard in the first of a four game series.