- Adam Rubin, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- The two sturdiest pillars of the Mets’ revamped bullpen faltered Monday.
Jeurys Familia failed to protect a one-run lead in the seventh inning and Jenrry Mejia allowed a tie-breaking RBI double to Pablo Sandoval in the ninth as the Giants beat the Mets, 4-3, at Citi Field.
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The wild card-leading Giants took three of four games in the series as the Mets dropped to 53-59.
Familia had a career-high 10-inning scoreless streak snapped when he failed to hold a 3-2 lead. He surrendered a leadoff triple to Hunter Pence in the seventh. He walked Blanco, then uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Pence to race home and the Giants to even the score.
Familia allowed all four batters he faced to reach, yet the Mets ended up escaping without further damage in the frame. Posey walked and Sandoval singled up the middle, but Juan Lagares threw out Blanco attempting to score from second base.
Familia had allowed only one earned run in his previous 22 appearances, spanning 22 1/3 innings dating back to June 12. His 0.40 ERA was the third-lowest in the majors during that span (min. 20 innings). Mejia had allowed one earned run in his past 16 innings dating back to June 21.
Not tested nearly as frequently this season, Lagares has three assists in 2014. He produced a franchise rookie-record 15 outfield assists a year ago. Lagares also went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Yer out: Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected by plate umpire Ben May, a minor-league call-up, after Lucas Duda initially argued a called third strike that ended the seventh inning. David Wright also had jawed with May after a called third strike that ended the third inning.
Gee sharper: Dillon Gee, who entered Monday with an 8.10 ERA in three starts since the All-Star break, showed improvement. Gee allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out six in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision.
Gee departed with his pitch count at 106 after a two-out double by St. John’s product Joe Panik in the sixth inning. Vic Black entered and, after walking light-hitting No. 8 hitter Juan Perez, struck out Travis Ishikawa to maintain a one-run lead.
Black has stranded 18 of 19 inherited baserunners this season.
Stealing a run: Daniel Murphy's first stolen base since June 13 led to the Mets taking a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning. Murphy swiped second and advanced to third on an errant throw by Posey. He scored the go-ahead run on a two-out infield single by Wright.
Passing fancy: Travis d'Arnaud had his MLB-leading 11th passed ball when he allowed Sandoval to advance to third base in the third inning.
Storm watch: Panik had a career-high three hits.
What’s next: The Mets head to D.C. for a showdown with the first-place Washington Nationals. Zack Wheeler (6-8, 3.60 ERA) opposes left-hander Gio Gonzalez (6-7, 3.88) at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday. Wheeler is 3-0 with a 1.63 ERA in his past six starts.