Terry Collins, the oldest current manager in the major leagues, did not have a happy 68th birthday as his New York Mets blew a save for the fifth time in their last seven chances.
John Jaso singled home the tying run in the ninth inning and the winning run in the 10th, and the Pittsburgh Pirates overcame Andrew McCutchen’s baserunning blunder to beat the Mets 5-4 on Saturday night.
“It seems like everything we do right now turns out wrong,” Collins said. “We could put our long sleeves on and they’d be inside out.”
Jordy Mercer doubled off the center-field wall against Addison Reed with one out in the ninth. Jaso pinch hit for Felipe Rivero, Reed threw a wild pitch and Jaso lined a single, Reed’s second blown save in eight chances.
“The way I’m pitching right now is unacceptable,” Reed said. “It’s not what I expect from myself and it’s not what the team is paying me for.”
Tony Watson (3-1) struck out Travis d’Arnaud to strand two runners in the 10th, and the Pirates loaded the bases in the bottom half against Tyler Pill (0-1), who made his big league debut.
David Freese singled with one out, McCutchen was hit by a pitch and Francisco Cervelli walked. Gift Ngoepe flied out to Jay Bruce in shallow right, and left-hander Josh Edgin came in to face the right-handed hitting Jaso, who was 0 for 10 against lefties this season and 1 for 20 last year. With the count full, Jaso lined the ninth pitch of the at-bat over Bruce.
“It was exciting, but it was great to have that opportunity at first and for the guys behind me to set…