Adam Ottavino takes the lead as Mets suffer disappointing loss after no hits

After his Mets pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter on Friday, manager Buck Showalter went on to point out how quickly they could have lost the no-hitter, the shutout and their small lead against a solid Phillies roster. .

They found out the hard way Saturday night just how true that was.

There was no hit to protect this time, just a one-run lead in the seventh inning, but Adam Ottavino couldn’t hold it, allowing three runs, and the Mets lost to the Phillies, 4 -1 at Citi Field. .

The Mets charged with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but Brandon Nimmo – the go-ahead at home plate – failed to end the inning. The Mets, who had shown a knack this season for situational hitting, left 13 men on base and went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Ottavino came in with a 1-0 lead to start the seventh but took out JT Realmuto with one out. Recent Mets killer Kyle Schwarber came next and made it pay, smashing a two-run homer to give the Phillies the lead.

Adam Ottavino looks dejectedly off the mound after giving up a two-run homer to Kyle Schwarber (background) in the seventh inning of the Mets’ 4-1 loss to the Phillies.
Corey Sipkins

Ottavino then walked Alec Bohm, who came on to score on a two-out brace from Odubel Herrera to put the Phillies ahead 3-1.

Rhys Hoskins gave the Phillies an insurance run in the eighth with a solo homer against Sean Reid-Foley, who then left the game with an apparent injury.

Disappointment in the bullpen, along with a lack of support from the Mets offense, spoiled a strong start by Taijuan Walker, who returned from the injured list to pitch five shutout innings.

Walker’s season debut, April 11 against the Phillies, lasted just two innings before he suffered a shoulder irritation that was eventually diagnosed as bursitis. After a minor league rehab start and a mock game, Walker was taken off the injured reserve for the start on Saturday.

After Walker pitched a perfect first inning, the Phillies finally broke into the hit column in the second inning as Nick Castellanos led off with a single. But Walker quickly took it off by ducking at first base.

Jeff McNeil returns to the dugout after going on strikes in the sixth inning of the Mets' loss.
Jeff McNeil returns to the dugout after going on strikes in the sixth inning of the Mets’ loss.
Corey Sipkins

The Phillies put runners in the corners with two outs in the third inning, but Walker escaped by forcing Hoskins to fly out to center field.

Kyle Gibson had calmed the Mets bats early, despite some command issues, blocking five runners in the first four innings.

The Mets eventually took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning without the ball ever leaving the infield — except on a Phillies error. After Nimmo walked, Starling Marte hit a return to the mound that could have been a double play. But Gibson’s pitch at second sailed into center field, putting runners in the corners with one out.

Francisco Lindor came next and hit a bunt at first base. Hoskins charged to line it up and fired home, but Nimmo dove right before the tag to put the Mets on the board.

Jose Alvarado relieved Gibson and retired Eduardo Escobar and Jeff McNeil to leave the bases loaded.

Trevor May, who had given up a pair of runs in each of his last two outings, replaced Walker in the sixth and delivered a scoreless frame with the help of a poor Phillies base run.

Herrera started with a brace on a ball that came out of Marte’s glove and took third on a ball. May then induced a ground ball to Lindor with the infield. Lindor immediately pitched at third, but Herrera was well away from the sack, allowing Escobar to chase him for the takedown.

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