New York Mets

ST PETERSBURG, FLORIDA - JUNE 21: Isaac Paredes #17 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammate Harold Ramirez #43 after hitting a solo home run during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field on June 21, 2022 in St Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)

Last night was not a great night for New York baseball, and lately, one of the rare nights where both the Mets and Yankees lost.

The Yankees dropped the middle game of a three-game series to the Tampa Bay Rays by the count of 5-4.  The story of the night was Tampa’s first baseman Issac Parades, who crushed three home runs, two of them coming off starting pitcher Nestor Cortes to help the Rays build a 5-2 lead. Harold Ramirez had the only other homer for Tampa back in the bottom of the first inning.  Cortes was charged with four runs in 4.1 innings of work.

It’s the second time in three starts that Cortes has allowed four runs in four-plus innings of work. His ERA has ballooned from 1.50 to 2.31.

On the flip side, the Rays used a bullpen by committee to hold the Yankees down to just a couple runs on five hits. New York (50-18) has now lost two of its last three.

Meanwhile, it was a total mismatch down in Houston as the Mets couldn’t corral the Astros, losing 8-2 to the AL West leaders.

Houston built a 7-0 lead thanks in major part to a pair of first inning home runs by Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez. Kyle Tucker also had a three-run double for the Astros in the fifth inning. Jose Urquidy held the Mets to just a run on four hits over six inning of work.

Pete Alonso and Eduardo Escobar provided the only offense for the Mets with solo homers. The Mets finish off their series with the Astros this afternoon at 2 p.m.