Tylor Megill, a right-handed pitcher for the Mets, had a strong start in Tuesday’s game against the Marlins at Citi Field, racking up eight strikeouts in the first four innings. However, he ran into trouble in the fifth inning, leading to the Mets’ eventual 4-2 loss.

Despite his early dominance on the mound, Megill struggled in the fifth inning, throwing 27 pitches and allowing the Marlins to take the lead. Bryan De La Cruz’s double to left-center field scored Tim Anderson and put Miami ahead. An error by third baseman Mark Vientos further compounded the Mets’ defensive woes.

Manager Carlos Mendoza acknowledged the team’s defensive struggles, with the Mets ranking fourth in the Major Leagues in errors. The team’s inability to overcome these defensive lapses has been a recurring issue throughout the season.

After Megill was replaced by left-hander Danny Young, the Mets managed to stop the bleeding and prevent further runs from scoring. Despite Vientos’ early two-run double, the Mets were unable to capitalize on additional scoring opportunities against Marlins pitcher Jesús Luzardo, who secured his third win of the season.

Overall, the Mets’ loss highlighted the importance of solid defense and consistent pitching performances throughout the game. As they continue to address their defensive shortcomings, the team will look to bounce back in future matchups and secure crucial victories down the stretch of the season.