The New York Mets lost to the Miami Marlins 4-3 in 15 innings after their bullpen blew two leads, including one that cost Matt Harvey the chance to become the third pitcher in franchise history to go 5-0 in April.
The Marlins pulled out their seventh win in 26 Major League Baseball games this season by scoring two runs in the bottom of the 15th after the Mets had taken a 3-2 lead in the top half of the inning in Miami.
Rob Brantly had a run-scoring single to tie the game for Miami before Nick Green brought home the winning run with a sacrifice fly off Shaun Marcum, the Mets’ ninth pitcher of the game, which lasted five hours, 31 minutes.
The Mets took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Harvey a chance to join Dwight Gooden and Pedro Martinez as the only pitchers in Mets history to log 5-0 records in April. Harvey allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings.
Miami rallied to force extra innings against Mets reliever Bobby Parnell, however, with Justin Ruggiano scoring the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Green.
After five scoreless extra innings, the Mets took a short- lived 3-2 lead on a run-scoring infield single by Ruben Tejada. It was the Mets’ lone hit with a runner in scoring position, as they went 1-for-18 in that category and their batters struck out 16 times.
“It’s tough,” Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters. “Matt got us to where we needed to get, we just can’t drive any runs in.”
The New York Yankees had their four-game winning streak snapped with a 9-1 loss to the Houston Astros. Carlos Corporan had four hits, including a home run, and drove in four runs for the Astros, who halted a nine-game road losing skid.
Houston, whose 8-18 record is better than only the Marlins, finished with 17 hits and scored seven runs off Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte over 4 1/3 innings.
In other scores, the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4, the Atlanta Braves topped the Washington Nationals 3-2, the Detroit Tigers defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-3 and the Cincinnati Reds edged the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1.
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