Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 5/19/12

The New York Mets were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon, 2-0:

The Mets have now lost four of their last six games falling to 3 1/2 games behind the Division leading Atlanta Braves:

ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: Miguel Batista started for the Mets, but was removed in the bottom of the third innings with lower-back discomfort. Batista suffered the injury delivering a 3-2 pitch to Eric Thames in the second inning.

“It felt funny,” Batista said, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. “And after that, I felt it every pitch.”

Batista could be headed to the disabled and according to Rubin, said this injury was unrelated to his recent groin troubles.

WHAT A RELIEF: Jeremy Hefner, who was promoted to the MLB club prior to the game, relieved Batista and tossed two scoreless frames before allowing two runs on three hits in the fifth:

After retiring the first two batters to start the fifth, Hefner allowed three straight hits; including an RBI double to Kelly Johnson and a run scoring single to Yunel Escobar giving Toronto a 2-0 lead they would not relinquish.  Following the game, Hefner told reporters he was disappointed in that one inning, saying:

I’m disappointed in that one inning. I got out of my mechanics a little bit and left a few balls up and they got a couple of runs. I got a few strikeouts and just tried to keep the ball down and make them hit it into the ground. It’s a quick field, so [if] they get it in the gaps, it’s extra bases for sure.”

BAD CALL ENDS RALLY: As they have done so many times before, the Mets mounted a rally in the top of the ninth.  Scott Hairston got things started with a leadoff walk.  Following a fly out by Andres Torres, Mike Baxter ripped a would-be double down the left field line, but second base umpire Brian Knight determined Baxter had been tagged on the relay throw by Jose Bautista (although the replay showed that Baxter had never been tagged). Said Baxter of the play:

We got to a good spot there, kind of like we’ve been doing for the past couple of weeks, coming back late in the game. Those umpires, they’re great. They’re very, very skilled at what they do. Tonight it didn’t work out in our favor.”

Terry Collins, added:

He said he thought he tagged him on the back. I just thought if he didn’t have a good view of it to ask. And he said he couldn’t. That was it.  I could see it. That’s why I went out there. I wouldn’t have gone out there if I thought he was out. I think sometimes we go out there when we really don’t have any basis for it. But I knew he missed the tag, so I went out there. He said that’s a play they can’t ask. I pretty much had no argument after that.”

LOOKING TO SALVAGE THE SERIES: The Mets will look to salvage the series tomorrow afternoon when they send Dillon Gee to the hill.  Gee will square off against Henderson Alvarez.

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