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Sunday, June 29, 2014
Aaaargh! Mets leave 11 on base

By Adam Rubin

PITTSBURGH -- The box score told the story of the Mets' 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday afternoon at PNC Park:

Team RISP: 2-for-15.

Team LOB: 11.

"We just didn't get those key hits," Travis d'Arnaud said. "For example, I didn't come up clutch in that one inning and rolled into a double play. That was pretty much it."

Terry Collins thought the Mets had put their woes behind them when they exploded for double-digit runs in consecutive games a week ago, but the batters have reverted to their season-long funk with runners in scoring position.

"We left a lot of guys at third base," Collins said. "You think you're out of it. You think you're swinging good. And it comes back. It's just one of those games where we didn't get the runs in.

"You look at the pitches we struck out on, you've got to take away the outside pitch, especially when they're playing back and they're giving you runs. You've got to try to put the ball in play. We haven't done that. We talk about it and talk about it and talk about it. But when they get in the batter's box, it's a different game."

Collins conceded the three-run deficit after one inning seemed like a huge hole given the Mets' scoring woes.

Bartolo Colon had a streak of seven straight starts allowing two earned runs or fewer snapped before the Mets blinked. He ultimately allowed five runs in six innings.

"He just left a few pitches over the middle of the plate," d'Arnaud said. "They were putting good swings on it and they were finding holes."

Said Colon, through an interpreter: "I just think that because I've already gone against them once, they probably prepared. They knew what I was coming with. ... I'm trying not to look too much into it. I just had a bad inning. Now, I'm just going to have to prep for the next one. I'm not going to change anything up in terms of what I do."