Verlander hammered in Citi Field debut, Mets beaten by Rays 8-5 in series opener

QUEENS — Remarkably enough, the Mets are finding new depths to plunge into amidst their heinous spring stretch.

Justin Verlander was tagged for six runs on eight hits — headlined by two home runs and five RBI by Isaac Paredes — with three strikeouts and two walks in his Citi Field debut as the Mets were booed off the diamond in an 8-5 loss to the MLB-best Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in an ugly series opener. 

Since starting the season 14-7, the Mets (20-23) have now lost 16 of their last 22 games.

“Today was a tough one, no doubt about it,” Verlander said. “The challenge is they’re not

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