The Mets used a six-run seventh inning to turn a one-run deficit into a laugher, emerging with an 11-5 win over the Royals Sunday afternoon. The victory gave the Mets the series win and combined with losses by the Phillies and Brewers, created a three-way tie at 64-60, one game behind in the Wild Card standings.
The Mets pounded out 16 hits, eight of which came in that big seventh inning. The top three hitters in the order each had three hits, with Amed Rosario adding three RBIs and Pete Alonso contributing two, the second on a solo homer in the ninth. Michael Conforto had a three-run blast in the first inning to start the scoring.
Zack Wheeler was given the early lead but could not hold it and did not factor into the decision. Jeurys Familia gave the Mets two innings and picked up the win. He allowed a run to end his scoreless streak but could have escaped if Todd Frazier could have fielded a hard-hit ball that was ruled a single. Brad Brach recovered from his two-run outing in his last appearance to throw a scoreless eighth inning and Edwin Diaz finished up with a drama-free ninth.
The Mets have an off day Monday then host the Indians for three, the beginning of a stretch that has them playing 18 straight games against teams above .500, a streak that continues until the currently 61-63 Diamondbacks come to town for a four-game series.