The Mets were clinging to an 8-7 lead when two runs scored after Luis Castillo dropped a two-out popup by Alex Rodriguez. David Wright's RBI double had given the Mets the 8-7 lead with two outs in the eighth.
The winner was closer Mariano Rivera (1-2).
Ryan Church led the Mets with a hit and three RBI. Garry Sheffield had two hits and two RBI, Carlos Beltran knocked in a run, and Wright had two hits for the Mets, who have lost three in a row.
The losing pitcher was closer Francisco Rodriguez (1-1).