NEW YORK — The Mets nearly pulled off a comeback again. Already the engineers of a five-run ninth inning in St. Louis last month and a seven-run ninth in Philadelphia, the Mets had designs on making the Mariners their latest victims when they put the potential tying and go-ahead runs on base Sunday with one out in the ninth.
Alas, even the upstart Mets have their limits. When Pete Alonso struck out on a check-swing to end things, sending them to an 8-7 loss at Citi Field, the Mets dropped a series for the first time this season. They had set a franchise record by going 10 consecutive series without losing one to open the year.
“You get used to winning,” said outfielder Brandon Nimmo, whose two-run double off Drew Steckenrider gave the Mets a chance at another late comeback. “You come in, you turn the music on, you dance, and that’s just what you do when you win more games than you lose. You definitely can take it for granted.”