Rapid Reaction: Pirates 5, Mets 2

June, 26, 2014
Jun 26
9:59
PM ET
PITTSBURGH -- Aaaargh!

The Mets were defeated by the Pittsburgh Pirates, 5-2, Thursday in the opener of a four-game series at PNC Park.

The Pirates manufactured a pair of runs, scoring in the third inning without a hit, then plating a run the following inning when Ike Davis got caught in a two-out rundown between first and second and Andrew McCutchen scooted home from third.

The big blow against Daisuke Matsuzaka came in the fifth, when Pittsburgh grabbed a 5-1 lead on Gregory Polanco’s three-run homer.

Matsuzaka’s line: 6 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 HR.

Matsuzaka entered the start with a 2.21 ERA since Sept. 8 of last season.

Lucas Duda accounted for the opening Mets run when he tucked an opposite-field solo homer inside the left-field foul pole against Pirates starter Vance Worley in the fourth inning. It was Duda’s first career homer to the left-field corner.

Quiet night: Juan Lagares went 1-for-4 with an infield single and two strikeouts in his return from the disabled list.

Wright stuff: David Wright extended his hitting streak to 10 games with an eighth-inning RBI double. Wright has driven in a run in eight of his past nine games.

What’s next: Jacob deGrom (1-4, 3.75 ERA), fresh off his first major league win, opposes right-hander Brandon Cumpton (3-2, 4.93) on Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187