The Mets rallied for two runs in the eighth inning and then eschewed using their normal eighth and ninth inning relievers, which proved to be a winning decision, as they ended up with a 5-4 victory over the Diamondbacks Friday night in Arizona.
Todd Frazier started a two-out rally in the eighth inning with a single and then went to third on a single by Adeiny Hechavarria. J.D. Davis then had a pinch-hit, infield single to tie the score and pinch-hitter Carlos Gomez delivered a rulebook double to give the Mets the lead.
Seth Lugo, just activated from the IL, came on to pitch the bottom of the eighth inning, working his way around a one-out triple. Robert Gsellman came on to close out the game in the ninth, allowing just a one-out walk en route to picking up his first Save of the season.
Zack Wheeler was victimized by two homers in the sixth inning but he gave the Mets their second straight seven-inning outing from a starting pitcher and ended up getting the Win.
Frazier, Hechevarria and Wilson Ramos each had two hits for the Mets, while Dominic Smith reached base three times with a hit and two walks. Smith started in left field for the second time in three games and now has a 1.005 OPS in 70 PA