Mets takeaways from Tuesday's 5-4 loss to Marlins, including another disappointing Taijuan Walker start

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Taijuan Walker road blue uniform about to throw a pitch in Miami
Taijuan Walker road blue uniform about to throw a pitch in Miami

The Mets recorded just five hits in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins at loanDepot park.

Here are the key takeaways ...

- Both starting pitchers – Taijuan Walker and Nick Neidert – allowed a couple of runners to reach base in the first inning, but both escaped without allowing a run. Neidert recorded strikeouts of Javier Baez and Dom Smith to get out of the top of the first, and Walker forced a Brian Anderson pop-out and struck out Lewis Brinson to escape his first inning unscathed.

- Walker allowed an infield single to Bryan De La Cruz in the second, but erased him by picking him off at first. The pickoff saved the Mets a run, as Walker then allowed a solo home run to Alex Jackson, the first of his MLB career.

- In the third, Walker was bit by the home run bug again, as Isan Diaz took advantage of a split-changeup up in the zone, slamming it over the wall in right-center for a solo home run. Walker later loaded the bases in the third, and De La Cruz made him pay by singling up the middle to score two more and make it a 4-0 Marlins lead.

To Walker's credit, he did settle in as the game went on, and he ended up giving the Mets 5.2 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out four Marlins on the night.

On June 9th, Walker lowered his ERA to 2.07 with seven one-run innings against the Orioles. In his nine starts since, his ERA is now up to 3.86.

- The Mets finally broke onto the scoreboard in the top of the fourth. Jeff McNeil led things off with a bloop double to left, and he’d come around to score on a deep Smith sac fly to left, making the score 4-1.

The Mets showed more signs of life in the sixth. After putting their first two men on base, the Mets moved them over and then moved them in, as Smith's second sac fly of the game made it 4-2, and J.D. Davis doubled home another run to cut the Marlins' lead.

- In the middle of the seventh inning, Luis Rojas was ejected for arguing balls and strikes, following a Brandon Nimmo called third strike to end the top half of the inning. Home plate ump Stu Scheurwater barked back at Rojas in the dugout before ejecting the manager, the fourth time he's been tossed this season.

Then, after Baez flied out to right in the top of the eighth, he had some words for pitcher Richard Bleier, with Baez needing to be restrained by some of his teammates and Jesus Aguilar before cooler heads prevailed.

- The Marlins added an insurance run off of Seth Lugo in the bottom of the eighth. Brinson singled and came around to score on a Jorge Alfaro double, extending the Miami lead to 5-3.

With the Mets down to their final strike in the top of the ninth, James McCann lined a double down the right-field line, scoring Davis and cutting the lead back to one run. That set the stage for the red-hot Brandon Drury, but he grounded out to second to end the game.

Highlights

What's next

The Mets and Marlins meet again on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.

Carlos Carrasco (0-0, 2.25 ERA) will go for the Mets against Zach Thompson (2-4, 2.33 ERA).