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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — For a split second, Lucas Duda’s sharp grounder looked as if it was going to lift the Mets out of their doldrums.

An unfortunate bounce later, New York was headed toward another loss in a season in which they are rapidly mounting.

Duda’s grounder down the first-base line with runners on second and third hit the bag and caromed straight up in the air. That allowed the Pittsburgh Pirates to get the third out of the eighth inning of a 3-2 victory Sunday, sending the Mets to their third straight loss in the four-game series.

“It’s cliché to say it, but when times are tough, when it rains, it pours,” said Mike Baxter, who had a tying single in the seventh.

The Mets lost for the fourth time on a just-completed six-game homestand in which they went 7 for 40 (.175) with runners in scoring position…

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