The Mets beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Sunday to snap a five-game losing streak and avoid getting swept for the fifth time this season. New York was outscored 21-14 during the skid and committed errors in four of the five games, drawing the wrath of manager Art Howe after Saturday’s 4-3 loss.
While the Mets committed three more errors Sunday, two by shortstop Kaz Matsui, Howe was optimistic about the team’s possible turnaround.
“Sooner or later, you’re going to have a streak like this during the season,” Howe said. “To not lose a lot of ground is important. We’re going to turn it around and have a good stretch. That’s where we have to make up ground. As bad as this trip was, we only lost two games in the standings.”
The Mets, 6-3 in their last nine games at Shea Stadium, are 5 1/2 games behind the NL East-leading Florida Marlins.
“It has been such a frustrating week for us,” said Mike Piazza who hit a two-run homer Sunday and has 10 home runs in his last 36 games. “We got beat in some really tough situations and made mistakes that really hurt us. So, we needed one today.
“Our division is up for grabs. Nobody is running away with it. But we couldn’t allow ourselves to keep going the way we were going.”
Cleveland, which has had five- and seven-game losing streaks in the last six weeks, picked up their fourth straight victory Monday, 14-0 over the Baltimore Orioles in a makeup of a rainout on May 2.
“I don’t think there’s any way to label this club the way it is (playing) right now,” said Jody Gerut, one of five players to drive in at least two runs Monday. “There’s no label for how we win and how we lose. The only thing you can say about this team is that it’s young.”
The Indians, who have won eight of 10, moved to within a game of .500 at 30-31 and will play 16 of their next 19 games on the road.