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Edwin Diaz blows save as Phillies top Mets in extra innings



Two years ago, Edwin Diaz was a model of consistency. Now, the Mets closer seems to be plagued by the same inconsistencies as the rest of the staff.

Diaz came out for the save in the ninth inning on Monday night with the Mets leading the Philadelphia Phillies by two. By the time he exited, the game was tied. The Mets ultimately lost 5-4 in the 10th inning when automatic runner Bryce Harper scored on a sacrifice fly. Right-hander Sean Reid-Foley was charged with loss (1-1).

Kody Clemens, the son of former Yankees ace Roger Clemens, pinch-hit a single to center. Diaz then walked Brandon Marsh to put two on with none out. The right-hander got two outs before walking Whit Merrifield to load the bases. The catcher checked his swing on strike three, but home plate umpire Gabe Morales awarded Merrifield the base, drawing the ire of manager Carlos Mendoza, who yelled at the officiating crew from the dugout.

Diaz then hit Alec Bohm with a pitch to bring in a run and tie the game at 3-3. The Mets challenged the call but lost. Bryce Harper struck out to end the inning. Orion Kerkering retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.

Left-hander Sean Manaea turned in a solid performance with six innings of one-run baseball. Through eight starts, Manaea has arguably been the Mets’ most consistent starter.

Manaea pitched six innings, scattering four hits, walking one and striking out six. He went heavy on the sinker and sweeper and threw his changeup to left-handed hitters. The one run allowed came in the second inning. Bryson Stott led off the inning with a single and went to third on Edmundo Sosa’s double. Manaea got two quick outs before Stubbs legged out a single on a drag bunt. Stott scored to put the Phillies up 1-0.

The Mets came back in the bottom of the inning and scored twice. Manaea didn’t allow another hit. He retired the side in order in the third, allowed a walk and a stolen base by Brandon Marsh in the fourth and then retired the next six straight. He walked off the field punching his glove with satisfaction after throwing his 100th pitch.

Left-hander Christopher Sanchez gave up three runs over 5 2/3 innings for the Phillies. Pete Alonso doubled to lead off the bottom of the second and was sent home by a double from J.D. Martinez. With two outs, Tomas Nido sent a single up the middle to score Martinez and give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

Sanchez walked in a run in the third to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.

After Jorge Lopez was charged with a run in the top of the seventh, pinch-hitter Tyrone Taylor gave the Mets an important run. Facing left-hander Gregory Soto, Taylor chopped one down the left side and Bohm knocked the ball into left field. Alonso scored on the fielder’s choice to make it 4-2.

Jose Alvarado earned the save for the Phillies (29-13), who currently sit atop the NL East standings. The loss dropped the Mets (19-21) to fourth place, behind Philadelphia, Atlanta and Washington.

All things considered, Diaz has looked mostly like his old self this season. Still, two blown saves in less than two weeks seems uncharacteristic for one of the game’s best stoppers.

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