Edwin Diaz blew it twice for the Mets — first Thursday night and then again Friday. At least it only counted as one loss.
The closer, after choking away a two-run lead in the rain Thursday, took the loss in the completion of the suspended game Friday, allowing a Paul DeJong RBI single in the 10th of a 5-4 loss to the Cardinals.
Diaz allowed a bloop single to Yairo Munoz, who stole second and went to third on Matt Carpenter’s groundout. Diaz was ahead of DeJong 1-2, but couldn’t put him away. All six Mets who batted after the game resumed were retired by the Cardinals bullpen.
And so the Mets again failed to reach .500, dropping the opener of the four-game series they seemed to have in the bag.
The Mets were on the verge of victory Thursday, leading by two runs in the ninth inning as heavy rains came down. Initially, it looked like a rain delay was about to begin, before the Mets — led by Pete Alonso — lobbied to keep the tarp off the field.
Crew chief Jeff Kellogg gave the order for the grounds crew to reverse course, and after a nine-minute delay in which Diaz largely stood still, the game resumed.
“The rain started to lighten up a little bit and we said, ‘Go ahead and pull the tarp,’ ” Kellogg said.
Diaz followed by blowing the save, allowing a run-scoring single to Kolten Wong and RBI double to Harrison Bader with two outs. Bader was thrown out after slipping between second and third base. At that point, the tarp was put on the field, and the game was suspended until Friday.
Bader factored into more than just tying the game. He kept it close, too. The Bronxville, N.Y., native made an acrobatic grab of an Amed Rosario drive, sprinting back towards the center-field fence in the sixth inning with the bases loaded. A run came across, but two more might have.
Michael Conforto had given the Mets a 2-1 lead in the third with a two-run shot, before DeJong pulled the Cardinals even at two with a solo homer in the sixth.