It looked like it was going to be a deflating loss for the Mets, as they fell behind 4-0. But Eduardo Escobar single-handedly carried the Mets to the come-from-behind win, driving in all five runs as the Mets rallied for a 5-4 win in 10 innings over the Marlins. Combined with Atlanta’s loss in extra innings, the Mets head into the big series with a one-game lead over the Braves.
Taijuan Walker had pretty good stuff but gave up a two-run homer to put the Mets in a hole. The Marlins added runs in the sixth and seventh innings and it looked like another frustrating loss to a bad Marlins squad. But Escobar refused to let that happen.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, Jeff McNeil led off with a single and Escobar followed with a two-run homer to cut the deficit in half. He came up again in the eighth inning, this time with the bases loaded, and hit a two-run single to tie the game. And then in the bottom of the 10th, with runners on first and second, Escobar hit one to left field. The Marlins had been playing the outfield shallow and it was a close play at the plate. But Francisco Lindor slid home safe with the winning run.
The Mets had to go to the pen early and they used up all of the “A” relievers, with Edwin Diaz pitching the ninth inning. Buck Showalter had a decision to make, whether or not to bring Diaz back for the 10th. But he pitched Tuesday and with an eye toward possibly using him in all three games in Atlanta, Showalter opted not to use him for a second inning.
Instead, he went to Drew Smith, who was fantastic and kept the zombie runner on second from scoring.
On the flip side, Seth Lugo gave up a run in his two innings. We know that relievers tend to bunch their bad outings together, usually in a span of 6-12 games. Lugo has now given up runs in four of his last seven outings. In his last 8 IP, he’s allowed 7 ER. It would be nice if he ended that streak in Atlanta this weekend.
The Mets upped their record in extra-inning games to 10-2 and they ended the year 13-6 against the Marlins.