WATCH: Mets somehow allowed 3 runs to score on an infield dribbler vs. Pirates

By , Audacy

As if things could not get any worse for the Mets after Saturday’s loss, think again.

The Mets were victim of a bizarre, boneheaded play in the bottom of the first inning of Sunday’s game against the Pirates.

With Pittsburgh already up 3-0 and the bases loaded, Kevin Newman hit a dribbler down the third base line that began in foul territory but slowly started rolling toward the line.

Mets pitcher Taijuan Walker came racing in from the mound in attempt to scoop the ball up before it rolled fair and in doing so tossed the ball toward the Pirates dugout.

The problem is the umpire ruled the ball fair as Walker picked it up and did this.

One run scored, but instead of retrieving the ball Walker began arguing with the umpire that it was a foul ball. As Walker was doing this another run scored before he finally sprinted toward the dugout to get the ball.

When he picked it up and third run had come across and Newman had a bases clearing dribbler, which was scored a single and an error on Walker.

Mets manager Luis Rojas was furious as he ran onto the field to argue the call and was quickly ejected by the home plate umpire after making contact with him. Rojas had to be further restrained by the other umpires as well as Mets coaches.

Walker remained in the game and walked the next batter before being lifted for a reliever after only recording one out.

Replay appeared to confirm that the umpires got the call right as Walker scooped up the ball while it was on the line, making it a fair ball.

The chaotic and bizarre scene comes just a day after the Mets blew a 6-0 lead to the Pirates after Seth Lugo allowed five runs in the eighth and Edwin Diaz blew a 7-5 lead in the ninth by allowing four more runs in a 9-7 loss.

Oh, and Jacob deGrom was placed on the IL on Sunday.

So, the second half of the season is not necessarily off to the greatest start in the world for the Mets, to say the least.

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