Mets takeaways from Tuesday's 4-3 walk-off loss to Marlins, including a late rally for naught

New York Mets starting pitcher Joey Lucchesi (47) pitches against the Miami Marlins in the first inning at loanDepot Park

The Mets were walked-off by the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday night at IoanDepot Park.

Here are some takeaways...

- The Mets wasted a golden opportunity early on in this one, as Brandon Nimmo and Ronny Mauricio led off the game with back-to-back hits, setting up two in scoring position. However, a Pete Alonso strike out followed by a Francisco Lindor fielders choice and a Francisco Alvarez ground out helped Braxton Garrett dance out of the inning unscathed.

- New York took advantage of some shoddy Marlins defense a few innings later though and were able to get on the board. After Alonso lined a two-out hustle double to left, Lindor reached on a Garrett throwing error, bringing home the first run of the game. 

- Joey Lucchesi, who was spectacular across seven innings of work his last time out, got off to a strong start again. He used a double play ball to help him through a scoreless first and then struck out a pair in the second. Miami was able to strike against him in the third though, as back-to-back two out opposite field doubles from Jorge Soler and Josh Bell evened things up at one.

Lucchesi hurt himself defensively in the fifth and allowed Miami to jump back in front. After the first two batters reached, Xavier Edwards dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt which Lucchesi fielded and threw to an unoccupied third base, allowing a run to come in. He was able to settle down after though, retiring the next two batters to keep the deficit at one.

The Marlins added another against Lucchesi in the sixth as Jake Burger led off the inning with a single, then advanced on a ground out and wild pitch, before scoring on a Garrett Hampson hit. After a two-out walk to Jon Berti, Buck Showalter turned to Reed Garrett, who needed just three pitches to get out of the inning.

Besides his defensive blunder, Lucchesi pitched well, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits while walking two and striking out three in 5.2 innings of work. Garrett was solid behind Lucchesi, tossing 2.1 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit.

- Jeff McNeil, who has been on fire during the month of September, led off the seventh with his second hit of the night. New York was able to load the bases for the also red-hot Mauricio, but the rookie grounded out to third to end the threat.

- For the second straight day McNeil sparked a rally in the ninth, leading off the inning with a double to dead center, followed by a Mark Vientos bloop single. DJ Stewart then grounded into a fielders choice followed by a Tim Locastro ground out, brining up the top of the order. With the Mets down to their final out, Nimmo drilled a game-tying two-run double to dead center.

- Trevor Gott came on in the bottom of the ninth and hit the first batter he faced with a pitch. After a sac bunt, intentional walk, and fielders choice pushed the winning run to third base, Jake Burger lined a walk-off single into center field to give Miami the 4-3 win.


Upcoming schedule

The Mets and Marlins close out their three-game set on Wednesday at 6:40 p.m. on SNY.

Kodai Senga (11-7, 2.95 ERA) looks to continue building on his NL Cy Young case for New York, while Miami hasn't announced a starter yet.