The Mets fell behind by three runs but rallied back for a 4-3 win over the Tigers Sunday afternoon in Citi Field. The victory gave the Mets the win in the rubber game of the series, the first time in six tries the Mets accomplished that feat this year.
The Tigers’ lineup did not feature either Miguel Cabrera or Josh Harrison. But what figured to be an easy game turned out to be anything but that. Detroit got a wind-blown homer to right field in the first inning and added two more scratch runs in the third to jump out to a 3-0 lead against Zack Wheeler.
But the Mets put up a four spot in the fourth inning. Todd Frazier came up with runners on the corners and the Tigers had an extreme shift on against him. Frazier responded with a hard bunt to the right side that went to the shallow outfield. It drove in the run and allowed Wilson Ramos to go first to third. That type of baserunning by Ramos was noteworthy but it didn’t eventually matter because Adeiny Hechavarria clubbed a three run homer to right, where the ball seemed to be carrying especially well today.
Wheeler settled down to retire 13 batters in a row. He pitched into the eighth inning, going 7.1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB and 8 Ks. Familia came on with two runners on in the eighth and looked better than he had all year, getting two strikeouts to the only two batters he faced to end the threat.
Edwin Diaz, pulled from yesterday’s game so he’d be available today, came on in the ninth inning and had a tough time but came up with the Save. He had two runners in scoring position but got a strikeout to end the game on his 31st pitch of the inning.
After the debacle in Miami, the Mets have now won six of their last seven games. But the schedule gets much tougher in the week ahead, as they travel to Los Angeles to take on the first-place Dodgers for a four-game series.