Tampa 4, St. Lucie 1
This time, there was no ninth-inning rally. There was no convincing performance from the Mets’ starting pitcher. Instead, St. Lucie permitted three runs before recording the third out of the game and was unable to rally back in a 4-1 defeat to Tampa at Tradition Field on Tuesday night, its third loss in the past four games.
Domingo Tapia, who has become a weak link in the Mets’ stellar rotation as the season has progressed, was charged with four runs on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts over six innings. He faced seven batters during the Yankees’ three-run first as the outing quickly appeared to have the makings of his third straight start failing to complete at least two innings.
But Tapia (2-7) battled back after the first and permitted just one baserunner over the next three innings before Tampa scored its final run in the fifth. He retired the side in order during the second and fourth innings, garnering a swinging strikeout in each frame. Still, ...