Rays end Mets’ 7-game winning streak with 5-4 victory

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Grady Sizemore and Kevin Kiermaier each drove in two runs to erase an early deficit as the Tampa Bay Rays stopped the NL East-leading New York Mets seven-game winning streak with a 5-4 victory Saturday night.

Tampa Bay relievers Xavier Cedeno, Steve Geltz, Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger, who pitched the ninth for his 28th save, combined for four hitless innings. Rays starter Nathan Karns (7-5) allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings.

Curtis Granderson homered twice for the  Mets, who blew a 3-0 first-inning lead.

The Rays went ahead 5-4 in the fourth when John Jaso drew a walk from Noah Syndergaard (6-6), stole his first base of the season, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Evan Longoria’s infield single.