In a battle of lousy bullpens, the saving grace was Edwin Diaz, who came on to close the deal in the ninth, as the Mets emerged with a 6-5 win over the Nationals Saturday afternoon at Citi Field.
Steven Matz pitched five shutout innings but a high pitch count – thanks to 4 BB and 8 Ks – forced him to leave the game early. Mets relievers allowed five runs in the sixth through eighth innings and turned a 3-1 lead into a 5-3 deficit.
But the bullpen for the Nats was just as bad. In the eighth inning, Pete Alonso and Robinson Cano led off with back-to-back homers to tie the game. Those were the fourth and fifth solo homers of the game for the Mets, as J.D. Davis left the yard twice and Michael Conforto also went deep earlier in the game. For Conforto, it was his fourth career homer against Patrick Corbin.
Conforto delivered a two-out double and came around to score the game winner on an opposite field single by Keon Broxton. It was his first RBI as a Met.
Diaz had a 1-2-3 ninth for the save, making a winner out of Jeurys Familia, who allowed two homers in a game for the first time as a major leaguer. It was a brutal outing for Familia, who was probably the least deserving pitcher of the day for the Mets. But he now sits tied with Jacob deGrom with 2-0 records.