DENVER -- Ready or not, here come the Washington Nationals.
In Sunday's loss, Jim Henderson inherited a 3-2 lead from Jacob deGrom with one out in the seventh and a baserunner on second base. Henderson proceeded to surrender a two-run homer to pinch hitter Ryan Raburn. It was the first homer allowed by Henderson in 18 appearances this season.
Pinch hitting for Michael Conforto, Juan Lagares doubled with one out in the eighth. But after Yoenis Cespedes was intentionally walked, left-hander Boone Logan induced a cue-shot grounder to third base from Lucas Duda. Nolan Arenado missed the tag on Lagares going to third and instead settled for throwing to first base for an out. However, second-base umpire Rob Drake ruled Lagares went outside the baseline to evade Arenado’s tag, and an inning-ending double play was awarded.
Manager Terry Collins only briefly came on the field to argue -- or at least get an explanation.
The Mets completed their trip to San Diego, Los Angeles and Denver with a 4-7 record, which included getting swept by the Rockies. The Mets remain in third place, 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Nationals entering their first 2016 series.
DeGrom was charged with three runs on four hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision.
Cespedes homered in the second and deGrom and Conforto had RBI singles an inning later as the Mets had a 3-1 lead against Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood.
Mets pitchers have not been the best-hitting unit in the National League this season, but it proved to be a solid trip production-wise at the plate for that group. From Colon’s May 7 homer through deGrom’s third-inning single Sunday, Mets pitchers hit .350 (7-for-20) with three homers and eight RBIs.
The first run surrendered by deGrom came as a result of the second misadventure of the series by Conforto in left field at high-altitude Coors Field. Conforto misjudged Carlos Gonzalez's second-inning line drive and the ball sailed over his head for a double. Gonzalez then scored on DJ LeMahieu's two-out single. In the series opener, Conforto had a shot from Gerardo Parra skip by him for what generously was scored a triple rather than a single and an error.
Gonzalez’s solo homer in the sixth, which snapped his 24-game long-ball drought, pulled the Rockies within 3-2.
What’s next: Steven Matz is due for an exam on Monday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, which will help determine whether he is ready to return to the rotation for Thursday’s series finale against Washington. As for the Syndergaard-Scherzer matchup in Tuesday’s opener, Scherzer is coming off a 20-strikeout performance against the Detroit Tigers. He tossed a no-hitter on Oct. 3 at Citi Field.