SAN DIEGO — The positive vibes of a breakout offensive performance lasted fewer than 24 hours for the Mets.
Instead of building momentum, manager Mickey Callaway’s lineup lapsed into another slumber in completing this forgettable road trip with a whimper.
With the middle of the batting order silent, the Mets lost 3-2 to the Padres at Petco Park for a fifth defeat in six games.
Robinson Cano, Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto went a combined 0-for-11 at the plate on a day the Mets (17-20) went scoreless over the final seven innings.
The power outage came a day after the Mets scored seven runs in a victory, snapping a streak of six games in which they scored three runs or fewer.
Tyler Bashlor surrendered a go-ahead homer to Hunter Renfroe in the seventh after Wilmer Font and Robert Gsellman had prevented the Padres from taking the lead over the first six innings.
Brandon Nimmo, in a 12-pitch at-bat, came within inches of putting the Mets ahead in the seventh, but center fielder Manuel Margot reached above the fence and kept Nimmo’s drive to center from leaving the yard, containing it to a double after nearly completing a circus catch.
But with runners on second and third, reliever Gerardo Reyes entered and struck out Tomas Nido and pinch-hitter Todd Frazier on six pitches.
Font, acquired in a trade earlier this week with the Rays, kept the Mets in the game by allowing two earned runs on three hits over four innings. The right-hander, who threw 60 pitches, was removed for a pinch hitter in the fifth in a 2-2 game.
Font surrendered a homer to Eric Hosmer leading off the second. In the third, Franmil Reyes hit a bloop that Amed Rosario couldn’t reach with his back to the infield for an RBI single that tied it 2-2. Maybe the only blame on Font in the inning was for surrendering a double to pitcher Matt Strahm.
Nido’s two-out solo homer in the second gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. The blast was the first of the season for the backup catcher, giving him as many homers as the starter, Wilson Ramos.
Rosario delivered an RBI single after Jeff McNeil had opened the game with a broken-bat double past second base. Even as Rosario continues to struggle defensively, his offense has shown recent improvement:
He was 8-for-24 (.333) on the road trip.
Font received early defensive help as Nimmo raced into the right-center gap and fully extended to catch Manny Machado’s drive, ending the first inning.
The Padres had their own defensive moment when Margot reached above the center-field fence in the sixth to steal a go-ahead homer from Alonso.
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