The Mets staged three different comebacks, the final one completed in the bottom of the ninth inning, to eke out a 6-5 win over the Nationals Tuesday night. It was the first time this year the Mets won a game where they trailed after the seventh.
With runners on the corners and two outs in the ninth inning, Amed Rosario hit a ground ball to short. Instead of loafing to first base, like the on deck batter would have done, Rosario busted his tail down the line and beat out an infield hit to score the winning run.
One inning earlier, Pete Alonso crushed his 16th HR of the year to tie the game 5-5.
But that might not have been the biggest homer of the night for the Mets. In the bottom of the seventh, J.D. Davis produced a pinch-hit three-run blast that turned a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead. The homer put Zack Wheeler in line for a win.
But the bullpen, which had been so good this month, couldn’t hold the lead. Jeurys Familia let up back-to-back hits to start the eighth inning, the latter a double to Trea Turner which tied the game. The Nats added another run in the frame to put Familia in line for the loss before the power of Alonso and the speed of Rosario delivered the win.
Wheeler turned in his best start in four tries this year against the Nats, his personal nemesis. His final line was 7 IP, 4 H, 3 ER,2 BB and 6 Ks. The issue for Wheeler in this game was the gopher ball, as he served up two homers, including one by Brian Dozier in the seventh inning. Dozier’s homer was his first hit this year against the Mets and gave the Nats a brief 3-1 lead before Davis’ big homer in the bottom of the seventh.