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Winless Mets get shut out in 10-inning loss to Tigers

April Fools ! » the punchline never arrived Monday night.

It certainly seemed like a bad joke for the Mets: a starting pitcher in his debut for the club scoring no hits in the sixth inning, save relief until the ninth, and a game that should have been won for the Mets’ first victory. Carlos Mendoza as a player. major league manager.

Instead, here are the Mets answering questions about a flat lineup and defensive miscue after a 5-0 loss to the Tigers in 10 innings at Citi Field. It was the Mets’ fourth straight loss to start the season – the first time for the franchise since 2005.

Sean Manaea allowed one run in six innings for the Mets on Monday night. Corey Sipkin for NY POST

Michael Tonkin allowed five unearned runs in the 10th inning – with Joey Wendle’s defensive error at second base – as the Mets wasted Sean Manaea’s gem in his debut for the club.

The left-handed Manaea didn’t allow his first hit until two outs in the sixth and finished with one hit in six shutout innings with eight strikeouts and two walks.

But a toothless Mets lineup shouted, “You’ll get nothing and you’ll love it!” » This followed losses on Friday and Sunday in which the Mets scored one run each. The only semblance of offensive competence in those four games was Saturday’s six-point performance.

“It’s one of those where it all comes down to execution, because we’re extremely prepared,” said Francisco Lindor, who went 0 for 4 and was among the first out of the lineup . “We know what (the opponent) is going to do, what he is not going to do, how he is going to attack us. The coaches here work extremely hard…. We just have to execute.

Wendle, playing halfway at second base in the 10th inning, had to choose between throwing home to try to nail the automatic runner and trying to turn a double play on Colt Keith’s grounder. Instead, the ball deflected off his glove and everyone was safe.

“I tried to turn a ball that wasn’t a two-ball into a two-ball,” Wendle said, referring to the double play. “I just didn’t secure it. I tried to do it too quickly. I took an aggressive line and obviously started it.

Carson Kelly threw the dagger with a three-run homer that followed Javy Baez’s sacrifice fly. Gio Urshela’s single off Tonkin’s glove added to the Mets’ frustration in the inning before Kelly’s blast.

But the Mets should never have allowed it to reach that point on a night where they managed just five hits.

“We’re trying to get the ‘W’ and it goes both ways,” Mendoza said. “Offensively, trying to do too much instead of taking walks, creating traffic. This is what is happening. You keep going, you build up, and then there’s a lot of weak contact and early takedowns.

Pete Alonso reacts after being struck out against the Tigers on Monday. Corey Sipkin for NY POST

Manaea became the first Mets starting pitcher this season to extend beyond the fifth inning.

Andy Ibanez’s single to left with two outs in the sixth gave the Tigers their first hit against Manaea. Kelly, fleeing second base, received the nod from third base coach Joey Cora and was thrown out at the plate by Brandon Nimmo to end the inning.

Manaea’s 5 ²/₃ hitless innings were the longest no-hit offering for a pitcher in his Mets debut.

“I was pretty gassed towards the end,” Manaea said. “We didn’t get the victory and ultimately that’s the only thing that matters.”

Manaea retired the first 12 batters he faced before Riley Greene walked in the top of the fifth. But Manaea struck out the next three batters, despite allowing hard-hit balls in the inning to Mark Canha and Gio Urshela.

Francisco Lindor returns to the dugout after knocking out the Tigers on Monday. Corey Sipkin for NY POST

In total, Manaea had 13 swings and misses, seven of which came on his four-seam fastball. The southpaw reached a top speed of 95.5 mph with the four-seamer and averaged 92.6 mph with the pitch. His eight strikeouts match his season high from last year.

The Mets had their best opportunity to score in the top of the inning, after Nimmo was hit by a pitch and Lindor walked. Reese Olson bounced to strike out Pete Alonso before allowing Francisco Alvarez, who was cleaning up at bat for the second time in his career, to drive into an inning-ending double play.

Alvarez turned a single into a double with two outs in the sixth for the Mets’ third hit against Olson. But Will Vest came in to retire DJ Stewart, keeping the game scoreless.

Starling Marte’s leadoff single in the seventh gave the Mets hope before Brett Baty, Harrison Bader and Wendle retired in succession. Baty singled with two outs in the ninth before pinch hitter Jeff McNeil struck out Jason Foley.

“Overall, we lost the game in one inning,” Lindor said. “In one round, they played better than us. We were there.”

New York Post

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