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Sloppy Mets take Labor Day off, make six errors in loss to Marlins

Dilson Herrera hits his first career home run and triple Monday, but makes two errors.Rob Foldy/Getty Images Dilson Herrera hits his first career home run and triple Monday, but makes two errors.



MIAMI — As the rest of the country celebrated the end of a three-day weekend on Labor Day, the Mets just looked like they took the day off at Marlins Park. They committed a season-high six errors and bumbled their way to a 9-6 loss to the Marlins on Monday.


“I am not sure I can say publicly,” Terry Collins said when asked about his team’s sloppy defense.


“It wasn’t just (the errors), a lot of phases of the game that weren’t very good,” the Mets manager added.


That may be, but the bumbling was hard to overlook Monday as the Mets (64-74) dropped back to 10 games below .500 with 24 games left to play.


After a not-particularly-sharp first seven innings, the Mets let the Marlins score three times on one hit in the eighth; one on a wild pitch, another on a throwing error and then one walked in.


The six errors were the most since April 2012 and just one short of a club record set Aug. 1, 1996, vs. Pittsburgh.


The Marlins (67-69) scored nine runs Monday, just four of those were earned.


“That was not a big league game, I can tell you that,” Collins said when asked if the game was an embarrassment.


It certainly resembled a sandlot pick-up game in the eighth.


Rookie reliever Jeurys Familia came in with the game tied at 6-6 and unraveled.


After giving up a leadoff double to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Familia fielded an Adeiny Hechavarria bunt, but bounced the throw to first to put runners on the corners with no outs. The 25-year old, who has 16 holds this season, then bounced a fastball to Travis d’Arnaud to allow Saltalamacchia to score the go-ahead run. Hechavarria advanced to third on an error by d’Arnaud and then scored on Familia’s second throwing error of the inning, misfiring home on Donovan Solano’s sacrifice bunt.

Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins rounds the bases after taking Mets starter Zack Wheeler (r.) deep.Rob Foldy/Getty Images Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins rounds the bases after taking Mets starter Zack Wheeler (r.) deep.


“I think I’m trying to be too quick,” said Familia, who has struggled with fielding and throwing out runners this season. “Before I get the ball, I am thinking, ‘I’ve got to throw perfectly.’”


Erik Goeddel, making his major-league debut with two on and one out in the eighth, walked in the third run of the inning.


It was certainly not just Familia who struggled Monday.


While rookie second baseman Dilson Herrera had a big day at the plate, he struggled defensively. He hit his first homer in the majors — a 383-foot solo shot — sparked a four-run rally in the third and his two-run triple in the sixth gave the Mets a 6-5 lead.


Herrera, however, also committed two errors. His second of the day let the tying run reach base in the sixth.


“No excuses,” Herrera said through an interpreter. “Errors are going to happen. I’m going to make mistakes and errors. I’m not perfect. But I’m also going to continue to work on it and get better.”


David Wright had the other Mets error, allowing Solano’s ground ball in the fifth to get under his glove. That ended up costing the Mets a run in the Marlins’ three-run inning and helped end Zack Wheeler’s day after just 4.2 innings.


“Errors are part of the game, you don’t want to see six of them, that’s for sure,” Wright said. “They were not mental errors, it’s just execution errors. It’s not an excuse for them. Obviously you are not going to win games committing six errors, but they happen.


“A lot of times they happen in bunches,” the Mets captain said. “That’s what happened today, especially late. We kicked it around and they made us pay for it.” 





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