The Mets' bats cooled off on Saturday, as the Blue Jays came away with a 3-2 win over the Mets in Buffalo. >> Box score
Seven things to know from Saturday's game
1. Seth Lugo was in a groove early against the Blue Jays, needing just 17 pitches to get through the first two innings. But the Jays finally got to him in a strange fourth inning. After a Bo Bichette single, a Travis Shaw ball in the gap was ruled a ground-rule double for sticking under the fence, momentarily taking a run off the board. Bichette would later score on a swinging bunt, but a heads-up play by Lugo for a putout at third base helped him get out of the jam with only one run allowed.
2. Lugo got into more trouble in the fifth, loading the bases with nobody out on two singles and a walk. A Shaw sacrifice fly to center field made it a 2-1 Toronto lead, but Lugo avoided further trouble by forcing Randal Grichuk to fly out to left.
Lugo allowed a double to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the sixth inning, and was then pulled after Lourdes Gurriel Jr. grounded out. Chasen Shreve allowed the inherited runner to score, though, on an RBI single from Jonathan Villar. Lugo was charged with three earned runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings, striking out seven and throwing a season-high 91 pitches.
3. The Mets had some early struggles against Robbie Ray, but they finally broke through in the fourth inning. After Michael Conforto singled and reached second on an error in right field by Cavan Biggio, Robinson Cano worked a two-out walk to keep the inning alive. Jake Marisnick then pulled a double just inside the bag at third base, scoring Conforto for the game’s first run.
4. In the sixth, Marisnick was pulled from the game for a pinch-hitter with a righty on the mound, but the team also announced that Marisnick was dealing with right hamstring tightness. Marisnick started the season on the Injured List due to a left hamstring strain.
5. Trailing 3-1 in the top of the seventh, the Mets put their first two hitters on base as Wilson Ramos and Amed Rosario both singled. Following a Jeff McNeil force out, J.D. Davis hit into a fielder’s choice of his own, bringing Ramos in and cutting the lead to 3-2.
6. Miguel Castro has had a couple of rough outings since the Mets acquired him at the deadline, but he gave them four strong outs on Saturday, striking out three and getting Bichette to line out to center to end a bases-loaded threat in the sixth.
7. Down by one run in the top of the ninth, the Mets put the leadoff man on base as Brandon Nimmo worked back from an 0-2 count to work a walk. But Ramos bounced into a double play, and even after Rosario reached on a strikeout/wild pitch, he was picked off by Rafael Dolis to end the game.
The Mets and Blue Jays close out their weekend series on Sunday, with David Peterson (4-1, 4.26 ERA) facing Hyun Jin Ryu (3-1, 3.19 ERA) at 3:07 p.m.
Coverage on SNY begins at 2:30 p.m.