The Mets put up a six-spot in the first inning but had to sweat out the ninth before emerging with an 8-7 win on Sunday and a sweep of the Pirates. The Mets are riding a four-game winning streak and are now 10-5 since the All-Star break, their best 15-game stretch of the 2019 season.
Michael Conforto gave the Mets the early lead with a two-run homer. Later in the first inning, Todd Frazier, J.D. Davis and Amed Rosario delivered consecutive RBI singles. A sacrifice fly brought home the final run of the inning. Later on they tacked on two unearned runs which proved to be the difference in the game.
Jason Vargas was the recipient of the offensive outburst. Vargas, who threw six innings of one-hit ball his last time out and had a 1.38 ERA in seven previous Citi Field starts, was not as sharp as he had been previously, but pitched well enough to earn his sixth win of the season. It was the fourth consecutive win by a Mets starting pitcher, something the club hadn’t done since 2017.
Tyler Bashlor and Edwin Diaz allowed four runs in the ninth, two of which came on a gopher ball served up by Diaz. But the Mets’ closer settled down to get the final two outs of the game.