Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Long Night Ends in Loss for Mets

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Long Night Ends in Loss for Mets

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NEW YORK -- The exodus began long before Marlon Byrd stepped to the plate as the witching hour neared.

Nine innings had taken almost four hours to play Friday night in a game of missed opportunities. And the Mets fans who left early saved themselves a final indignity in the 11th.

Byrd -- of course, a former Met -- lined a Carlos Torres cutter down the right-field line for a double, scoring Chase Utley with the game-winning run in the Philadelphia Phillies' 3-2 victory.

Byrd ended an agonizingly-slow, four-hour-39-minute game that featured 32 runners left on base.

Finally someone had come through.

It wasn't the Mets -- who snapped a 23-inning scoreless streak with a first-inning run -- despite watching their team-wide slump continue. They stranded 15 base runners and went an anemic 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

It did not help that starter Jenrry Mejia -- in danger of losing his place in the rotation -- again provided a short outing (4 2/3 innings) that taxed their bullpen.

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon closed out the win.

But the Mets tied the game in the eighth, when David Wright drove in Daniel Murphy with a double in front of 30,036 fans at Citi Field.

The Mets (16-18) have lost seven of their past eight after missing opportunity after opportunity, wasting five innings in which they stranded multiple men on base.

They have scored just two runs in their past 34 innings.

Meanwhile, Mejia (no-decision) again struggled to provide length or retire opponents the third time through the order.

He could not escape the fifth, allowing two runs in 4 2/3 innings on six hits and three walks.

His bloated pitch count of 101 rose quickly as he permitted base runners in every inning but one and consistently battled through deep counts.

Phillies starter Roberto Hernandez (no decision) fared slightly better. …

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