Mets pitchers suffered losses while the Pirates crushed seven homers

PITTSBURGH — The Mets had a night so bad that the home team didn't have enough supplies to celebrate.

Fireworks went off after each Pirates homer Friday, as is tradition at PNC Park.

At least for the first six homers.

But when Rowdy Tellez hit a grand slam shot against Ty Adcock in the eighth inning, a message appeared on the outfield screen.

“We have seven home runs tonight, which is the fifth time in Pirates history we've done that,” the message said. “So many home runs that we've run out of fireworks.”

Mets starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) hands the ball to manager Carlos Mendoza while exiting a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning on Friday, July 5, in Pittsburgh. AP

The only Mets “pitcher” who did not allow a homer was catcher Luis Torrens, who made the final out in the eighth inning in the team's 14–2 loss.

Luis Severino, Jake Diekman and Adcock were less effective.

The night’s three homers came against Severino, who had his worst outing of the season, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

“The secondary pitches weren’t my strength today,” Severino said.

Diekman grounded out after Severino loaded the bases in the seventh, with the Mets trailing 4–2 at the time.

Pirates' Bryan Reynolds (right) is congratulated by Joshua Palacios (77) after hitting a home run
A two-run home run off New York Mets starting pitcher Luis Severino
Fifth inning. AP

The struggling left-hander gave up a grand slam to Bryan Reynolds, making the eighth-inning mayhem a moot point.

,[Diekman] “He's going through a really tough stretch right now,” manager Carlos Mendoza said. “Either he gets ahead and has a hard time stopping batters or he gets behind and walks batters. The fastball velocity just isn't there and our job is to get him back on track.”

The Mets lost their third in a row – their longest losing streak since a three-game drubbing by the Dodgers in late May – and fell two games below .500.

“We have to find a way to get out of this wave and catch a good wave,” Francisco Lindor said.

If the Mets' atrocious pitching performance wasn't enough, there was also the matter of Paul Skaines.

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Paul Skeens (30)
The New York Mets during the third inning at PNC Park. Charles LeClair-USA TODAY Sports
Jake Diekman #30 of the New York Mets walks off the mound while Bryan Reynolds #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam home run in the seventh inning during a game at PNC Park on July 5, 2024. Getty Images

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Skeens (5-0) allowed two earned runs on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in seven innings before receiving a standing ovation from the crowd of 37,037.

The right-hander has allowed two earned runs or fewer in eight of his 10 starts in his Major League career.

“That was really good, but I also thought we had some really good at-bats,” Mendoza said. “I thought we had guys but we just didn't get the big hits. Overall, the at-bats were good and to beat a guy like that, you have to not only get guys to step up, but hit big.”

Jeff McNeil jumped on Skanes' 0–2 fastball in the third inning and launched it for a leadoff homer, giving the Mets their first run.

Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil (1) reacts as he crosses home plate on a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the third inning at PNC Park. Charles LeClair-USA TODAY Sports

The homer was McNeil's fifth homer of the season.

The Mets increased their lead to 2–0 on Pete Alonso's double in the fourth.

Francisco Alvarez suffered a major injury after being hit in the left elbow by a 99 mph fastball, but he still stayed in the game.

New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a double against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the fourth inning at PNC Park. Charles LeClair-USA TODAY Sports

Alonso, who had advanced to third on DJ Stewart's fly to right, scored on Jose Iglesias's RBI fielder's choice.

But the Pirates shut out Severino in the bottom of the inning with homers by Telez and Jack Suwinski, tying the score at 2–2.

Tellez hit a changeup 425 feet to give the Pirates their first run. After one out, Suwinski hit a 96 mph fastball into the right-field seats.

Severino hit his third homer of the night in the fifth.

Bryan Reynolds #10 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts while crossing home plate after hitting a grand slam home run in the seventh inning during a game against the New York Mets at PNC Park. Getty Images

Reynolds hit the ball over the fence in right-center off Joshua Palacios to give the Mets a 4–2 lead.

It was the first time this season Severino missed three homers in a game.

Yasmani Grandal and Michael A. Taylor hit home runs between Reynolds and Tellez's grand slams, part of the Pirates' final inning destruction.

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