Jacob deGrom and the bullpen held the Giants to three runs and the Mets offense, after stranding runners on the bases all night, finally came through with a big walk off win to take the opener of this three-game home series.
deGrom only lasted six innings due to a high pitch count, but his solid performance included 11 strikeouts. He put the Mets behind the 8-ball, serving up a two-run home run to Hunter Pence in the first inning, but settled down from there. Neil Walker put the Mets on the board with an RBI double off Matt Moore in the bottom of the first and TJ Rivera tied it at two apiece in the fifth with an RBI double, but the Mets wasted a golden opportunity stranding runners on second and third with no outs.
The Giants retook the lead on a solo home run by Buster Posey in the sixth, but the Mets tied it back up in their bottom half of the inning on an RBI double by Curtis Granderson, who pinch hit for deGrom. The bullpens took over from there, trading a few zeros until the bottom of the eighth when Asdrubal Cabrera had a chance to be a hero with the bases loaded, but grounded into a rally killing double play.
After a scoreless inning from Addison Reed, the Mets came into the bottom of the ninth with the score still tied at three. Michael Conforto drew a leadoff walk and after T.J. Rivera and Jay Bruce both popped up, Wilmer Flores got on base on an infield single to set the table for Walker. With two strikes, Walker fouled off a series of pitches from Hunter Strickland before hooking a breaking pitch into the right field corner, easily scoring Conforto with the winning run.
Meanwhile, the Nationals and Marlins both lost and the Mets, now just one game under .500, sit in second place. Tomorrow the series continues with Zach Wheeler taking on Jeff Samardzija.