Mets’ collapse continues in loss to Nationals

David Wright walks back to the dugout after striking out in the ninth inning.

The Mets offered a collective defiant stance and brave words after dropping their fifth in a row Tuesday night.

“We’re just losing. We’re not beating ourselves. We’re coming back, we’re tying games, [but] we just can’t get over the edge. We’re losing baseball games but we’re not doing things that warrant meetings,” Jason Bay said after the Mets’ 5-2 loss to the Nationals. The Mets have lost 11-of-12 and fell to 47-50 this season.

“We’re not playing bad baseball,” Bay said. “We’re not winning. But we’re not playing bad baseball. We just hit a rut.”

Last night’s ruts were named Gio Gonzalez and Adam LaRoche. Gonzalez (13-5) limited the Mets to two hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked two. LaRoche’s two-run, upper-deck home run off R.A. Dickey (13-2) in the sixth inning gave the Nationals an insurmountable 3-1 lead.

The Nationals roughed up Dickey, who lost his first game since April 18. Dickey surrendered five runs (four earned) on eight hits in six innings. Dickey is 1-1 in July with a 6.55 ERA in 26 1/3 innings. He has allowed 39 hits and 21 runs — 19 earned — along with five walks and three home runs.

“I have to make a pitch,” Dickey said of the Nationals’ four-run sixth inning that ended the game for all intents and purposes. “Two outs, the sixth inning and five straight hits. Four runs later, we’re in a hole we can’t get out of.”

What rankles the Mets is that they believe they are close to being the team that ended the first half in contention for the NL East division title or the NL wild card.  Bay repeated the theme that the Mets have espoused throughout the losing streak: They’re playing well, just not well enough to win.

“Hopefully you take what you can get from it,” Bay said of the Mets who are 5-13 in July. “‘Yeah, you lost but here’s the positive.’ [But] you can only do that for so long. You just can’t keep losing.”

“It’s tough when things are going on a downward spiral, the tendency is ‘woe is me.’ In order to change it we have to stand up.” Dickey said. He noted that he did not think the Mets were actively engaging in self-pity.

Nor are they publicly stumping for general manager Sandy Alderson to acquire a savior.

“The way we’ve played lately isn’t indicative of a team that is a piece or two away,” Bay said. “We played well early on. Those same guys aren’t doing well right now. I don’t think looking outside and thinking one or two guys are going to [come in] and turn [things] around. If we had been continuing to be on a roll then I think you can look and say, ‘A couple guys can really help push us above.’ The fact is it’s the same guys that we kind of [did] well with here [in the first half].

“These are the same guys that did it in the first half.”

The Mets did make two roster moves yesterday. Lucas Duda and reliever Pedro Beato were optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to make room for Matt Harvey and Manny Acosta. The Mets also announced they signed former St. John’s star reliever Craig Hansen to a deal through the 2013 season. Hansen, who has a record of 4-9 with a 6.34 ERA in 95 major league games with Boston and Pittsburgh, will be sent to Port St. Lucie in an attempt to resurrect his career.

Jordany Valdespin set a franchise record with his fifth pinch-hit home run. The eighth-inning leadoff solo shot off Ryan Mattheus cut the deficit to 5-2. It was Valdespin’s seventh homer of the season.


Follow Mets beat writer Denis Gorman on Twitter
@DenisGorman.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Woman dies when run over by bus at…

A woman at the Burning Man arts and culture festival in the Nevada desert died on Thursday when she was run over by a bus carrying participants.

National

Texas parents sue day care center for duct…

By Marice RichterDALLAS (Reuters) - A Texas couple has filed a lawsuit against the owners of a Fort Worth-area day care center seeking $1 million…

National

Santa Fe city council votes to decriminalize marijuana

By Joseph KolbALBUQUERQUE N.M. (Reuters) - Santa Fe on Wednesday became the latest U.S. city to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, with lawmakers in the…

International

Egypt queries Mursi over documents "leaked" to Al…

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt is investigating jailed ex-president Mohamed Mursi in connection with documents that judicial investigators say were leaked to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera…

Movies

Interview: 'As Above, So Below' directors: 5 ways…

The fraternal directors of the found footage horror "As Above, So Below" dish on the best ways to frighten the bejesus out of audiences.

Movies

Criterion's new Jacques Demy box mixes the light…

Jacques Demy, the most effervescent of French New Wave filmmakers, gets a Criterion box all to himself, with classics like "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg."

Entertainment

Comedian Joan Rivers, 81, rushed to New York…

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Acerbic comedian and fashion critic Joan Rivers was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York on Thursday after she reportedly…

The Word

The Word: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie finally…

Well, everybody, it finally happened. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie went and got themselves hitched — according to noted scandal sheet the Associated Press —…

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots, 49ers start…

NFL Power Rankings: Seahawks, Broncos, Patriots start at top

U.S. Soccer

5 facts about new England captain Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was named as the new England captain by coach Roy Hodgson on Thursday.

NFL

Jets vs. Eagles: 3 things to watch

A win on Thursday night at the Eagles would give the Jets a 3-1 record and just their second winning preseason under head coach Rex Ryan.

NFL

Giants vs. Patriots: 3 things to watch

The Giants wrap up their extended preseason campaign Thursday night by playing host to the Patriots.

Style

Trend: White hot on the 2014 Emmy's red…

White was one of the big trends on the Emmy's red carpet.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

4 healthy ingredient swaps to make your meals…

When it comes to eating well, everyone knows they could be doing better. But cooking in an apartment on a busy schedule is a recipe…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…