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Mets unable to rally to loss to Diamondbacks this time


PHOENIX — Trevor Williams’ cameo in the Mets’ starting rotation was a dud, but opportunity still awaited them in the final innings Saturday night.

A solid performance in the bullpen had put the Mets in position to punch the disappointing Diamondbacks and steal a game that in previous innings screamed “brutal loss.” But the rallies died, and the Mets lost 5-2 at Chase Field to snap a two-game winning streak.

The Mets (11-5) had runners on base in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, but failed to score each time. Only two of their seven hits of the night went for extra bases, which is hardly the tonic for overcoming an early four-run deficit.

Williams was put on duty because of last Tuesday’s doubleheader against the Giants, which followed a downpour. The Mets didn’t have a starting pitcher on full rest, and Williams could at least give them several innings.

But the right-hander put on a performance worthy of a team that ranked first in the major leagues at the start of the day with a starting rotation ERA of 2.07.

Starling Marte reacts dejectedly after being taken out in the Mets’ 5-2 loss to the Diamondbacks.
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Williams was spanked early on and knocked out before recording a third-inning takedown. He allowed four earned runs on seven hits on 62 pitches before Sean Reid-Foley helped stabilize the situation.

Pavin Smith’s RBI brace in the third inning gave the Diamondbacks a 4-0 lead. An inning earlier, four straight singles — including a Geraldo Perdomo bunt on which Williams collided with Eduardo Escobar — led Arizona to score twice.

Daulton Varsho and David Peralta each hit Williams first, and the Diamondbacks took a 1-0 lead on RBI outfielder pick Christian Walker. Walker’s brace in the top of the third set finally eliminated Williams.

Trevor Williams was taken out in the third inning of the Mets’ loss to the Diamondbacks.

Perdomo’s triple leading in the sixth against Adam Ottavino led the Diamondbacks to extend their lead to 5-2. In the inning, Varsho struck out, but reached first base on a wild pitch. Peralta’s sacrificial fly brought the race.

The Mets rallied with two runs in the fifth to make it a ball game. Jeff McNeil’s triple RBI brought up the first run before Tomas Nido hit an RBI single from the field to cut Arizona’s lead to 4-2. Dominic Smith, who came on at bat just .172, started the rally with a brace in the corner of right field.

Francisco Lindor and Eduardo Escobar each scored the sixth, but southpaw Kyle Nelson came in with two outs to retire Smith on the first pitch with a fly-out to center.

Brandon Nimmo came to the plate in the seventh with two runners on base and hit on a late-inning double play. The Mets had an unlucky break earlier in the inning when McNeil’s ground runner hit Robinson Cano while standing at second base. Cano had hit a single into the field and advanced into wild pitch.

Arizona’s Seth Beer was also hit by a grounder on base paths, in the fifth inning, and was called. The game ended with Reid-Foley limping – he was called out with what the Mets said was leg cramps.

Humberto Castellanos went five innings for the Diamondbacks and allowed two earned runs on four hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

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