Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer to tie it and Michael Conforto had the game-winning hit with two outs to send the Mets to an improbable 7-6 come-from-behind win over the Nationals Friday night. It was the Mets’ seventh-straight win and 14th victory in their last 15 games. It was the first time all season the Mets won a game when they trailed after eight innings, as they were previously 0-44 in these situations.
The Mets twice rallied back from three-run deficits. The game started out a pitcher’s duel between Stephen Strasburg and Marcus Stroman, with Stroman striking out five straight at one point. But both pitchers ran into trouble in the fourth inning.
The Nats put up three runs thanks to an RBI triple by Mets killer Anthony Rendon and a two-run homer by Juan Soto. But the Mets came right back in the bottom of the frame with a two-run homer by Pete Alonso and a solo shot by J.D. Davis.
Both teams had near identical scoring opportunities in the sixth inning. Both teams opened the sixth with runners on the corners and no one out. Neither team scored. The Nats were unable to push a run across thanks to a leaping grab on a hot liner by Amed Rosario. The Mets were turned away because of a terrible check swing call for a strike by the first base umpire against Davis. Not sure what the answer is, but MLB has to do something about the check swing problem. We’re getting strike calls on check swings that in the past wouldn’t even be challenged.
Stroman was sent out to start the seventh inning, despite a triple-digit pitch count and having worked incredibly hard to get out of the sixth. He walked the leadoff batter and was removed for Justin Wilson. After getting Adam Eaton on a strikeout, Wilson faced Rendon, who added to his legacy with a two-run homer.
The Nats added what seemed to be an insurance run in the ninth inning, thanks to the legs of Trea Turner, who advanced to third on a fly out to shallow right and then scored on a wild pitch that got about five feet away from Wilson Ramos.
But with a three-run lead, the Nats called on their closer Sean Doolittle, who the Mets have had great success against this year. Davis led off with a double, Ramos followed with a single to set the stage for the heroics from Frazier and Conforto.
It was an unbelievable win. But going forward, the Mets have to do a better job with Turner and Rendon. You want to keep Turner off the bases at every opportunity. And it’s time for the Mets to give Rendon the Barry Bonds treatment. Soto went 3-for-5 today but I’d rather face him in any situation with the game on the line than Rendon.