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DENVER — The Mets endured perhaps their oddest loss of a lost season on Thursday.
After breezing through the Colorado Rockies’ lineup in the eighth inning, Hansel Robles melted down in the ninth of a tie game. He faced five batters and got only one out. The other four did not put the ball in play.
With the bases loaded, Robles fired a full-count fastball over the head of Nolan Arenado and to the backstop, resulting in the Mets’ head-scratching 5-4 walk-off loss.
“I’ve never thrown a pitch like that,” Robles said.
After the game, Robles said he had felt something unusual in his throwing hand, starting with the first batter of the ninth inning. He described it as “a little bit of pain.” After a follow-up question to Robles, a Mets interpreter referred to it as “numbness.”
Robles said he was concerned about the sensation in his hand because it was new and he was unsure of the cause. He did not alert the Mets until after the game, and he said he had not wanted to say anything unless it was a major issue.
Robles entered in the eighth, an inning after the Mets tied the game on Asdrubal Cabrera’s double. He began the decisive ninth inning by hitting Jonathan Lucroy with a pitch. Then Pat Valaika put down a sacrifice bunt and the Mets intentionally walked Charlie Blackmon. Robles then walked D. J. LeMahieu and jumped ahead of Arenado in the at-bat before losing his command and the game.