Christian Scott’s dominant MLB debut partially spoiled by Mets’ loss

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Nothing was promised for Christian Scott, who took the mound in the major leagues for the first time without a guaranteed second start.

It was as if the Mets’ top pitching prospect was trying to prove for one night that he could do anything.

Scott could fight.

Christian Scott, who allowed just one run, tipped his hat to the crowd after being ejected in the bottom of the seventh inning of the Mets’ 3-1 loss to the Rays. Kim Clement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

He could sail.

He could pitch with soft contact or turn in the dirt and create swings that made major league hitters look amateurish.

Most of the Mets’ futures took to the stage and insisted they would never leave the Mets.

The only thing he couldn’t do was hit, and his offense led to a 3-1 loss to the Rays on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

The Mets (16-17) were unable to get the extra-base hits they needed, going just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Mets rookie Christian Scott pitched in his major league debut. Kim Clement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

They were burned out in the eighth inning by two bases-loaded walks — first by the previously excellent Adam Ottavino, then by Sean Reed-Foley — to force the go-ahead run.

Wasted was a great play by Francisco Lindor. He got the second out of the inning powerfully at home plate with a backhand stab and a fadeaway throw to the plate.

Carlos Mendoza’s group dropped nine of 13 games and fell below .500 for the first time since April 14. The present is doubtful, but the future suddenly looks bright.

Harrison Bader reacts after striking out in the eighth inning of the Mets’ loss. Kim Clement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Pitching in front of an estimated 50 family members and friends, as well as most of the Seven Line Army cheering him on during warmups, Scott first survived and then thrived.

The 24-year-old Floridian turned the ball over for one point in 6 2/3 innings, which was efficient and impressive for a Mets team that needs both.