WHAT IT MEANS: Life without Jose Reyes does not only mean lacking a leadoff hitter. There's a drop-off at shortstop, too.
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Replacement Ruben Tejada committed two errors Thursday afternoon, the latter on Aaron Cunningham’s routine grounder with two out in the eighth, which allowed Cameron Maybin to score the tiebreaking run as the Padres beat the Mets 3-2.
Maybin appeared a certain out earlier in the inning when Jon Niese's pickoff move caught the ex-Marlin breaking for second base. However, Lucas Duda's throw to Tejada was too late in the estimation of second base ump Bill Welke and Maybin was ruled safe.
A half-inning after the error, Tejada (0-for-2, two walks) also grounded out with two out to strand Duda at second base.
San Diego earned a split of the four-game series as the Mets dipped under .500, at 58-59. If it's still relevant, the Mets dropped 10½ games behind the Braves in the wild-card standings.
YOU'RE OUT … YOU TOO: After Nick Evans was called out on strikes to end the fifth inning and strand the bases loaded, plate umpire Vic Carapazza ejected hitting coach Dave Hudgens for arguing from the dugout. Terry Collins then briefly came onto the field to take over. It was the third ejection of a Met this season; Collins had the other two.
BASES COVERED: David Wright passed Ed Kranepool for the franchise's record for total bases with No. 2,048, on a fifth-inning single.
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NIESE EFFORT: The tough-luck-loser Niese took a scoreless effort into the sixth inning, when Maybin homered with one out to pull the Padres within 2-1. An inning later, Luis Martinez's two-out RBI single through the left side of the infield evened the score. Niese completed 7 2/3 innings before being pulled following Tejada's second error. The southpaw matched his longest outings this season (June 3 and June 9). Niese's 122 pitches matched his career high.
DUDE: Duda's two-run double beyond the reach of the right fielder Cunningham had staked the Mets to a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Duda is hitting .325 (40-for-123) with 22 RBIs in his past 41 games.
WHAT'S NEXT: The Mets, accompanied by their families, head west for stops at Arizona and then San Diego. Dillon Gee (10-3, 3.93 ERA) opposes Diamondbacks right-hander Ian Kennedy (14-3, 3.20) in Friday's 9:40 p.m. ET series opener.