Despite a turbulent home stand marred by Matt Harvey’s suspension, the Mets had the opportunity Wednesday to sweep the Giants and depart New York with a winning record for the first time in close to a month.
Instead, Jeurys Familia collapsed, and the Mets stumbled out of Citi Field.
Familia allowed four runs in a cataclysmic top of the ninth, as the Mets fell to the Giants, 6-5, in the series finale in Flushing. Three of those runs came on a bases-clearing double from Christian Arroyo. Familia entered with a one-run lead.
The blown save spoiled a surprisingly successful outing from Tommy Milone, whom the Mets scooped up on waivers Sunday to replace Rafael Montero in the rotation. Milone allowed two runs in five-plus innings and was in line for the win before Familia’s implosion.
The Mets rallied in the bottom half. A two-run double by Wilmer Flores — who made a huge error in the top of the ninth — brought the Mets within one. But Kevin Plawecki grounded softly to the catcher to end the game.
PLAY OF THE GAME
After giving up the lead on an RBI single from Hunter Pence, Familia walked Buster Posey to load the bases. Arroyo then smacked a 1-0 sinker into the left-center-field gap, past Curtis Granderson. All three runners scored.
Familia surrendered a one-out walk to Joe Panik in the ninth, but he appeared to put the finishing touches on the game when he induced a sharp groundball to third from Eduardo Nunez. However, Flores mishandled what should have been a tailor-made, game-ending double-play ball. Flores then tried to throw quickly to second and misfired, drawing Neil Walker off the bag. Pence tied the game with a single to left in the next at-bat.
STAR OF THE GAME
Arroyo, whose three-RBI double off Familia won the game.
STAT OF THE DAY
5/10. Prior to Wednesday, the last time the Giants won a game when trailing after eight innings was May 10, 2015 — two years ago to the day.
Milone, who added to his quality day on the mound (5 IP, 6H, 2R, 5K) with an RBI single in the fourth — just the seventh hit of his career.
Familia, who was pitching for the third straight day, but has no excuse for his lack of command and execution.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“He’s the closer. He’s used to that. He’s used to coming back, back-to-back. That’s what he’s done for years.” — Terry Collins defending his decision to pitch Familia in a 6-1 game Tuesday.
Friday, May 12 at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
RHP Matt Harvey (2-2, 5.14) vs. RHP Matt Garza (1-0, 2.55)