WASHINGTON — With their season spiraling towards the abyss simply over every week in the past, it was honest to marvel if the Mets would see .500 once more this yr.
That benchmark of mediocrity seemingly gained’t get them to the playoffs, but it surely’s typically step one in resembling a staff with an opportunity. The Mets returned to .500 on Friday evening, overcoming Edwin Diaz’s first implosion in six weeks to beat the Nationals 6-2 in 10 innings.
Pete Alonso’s RBI single within the tenth towards Austin Voth introduced in Francisco Lindor, the automated runner at second base, with the go-ahead run. Alonso’s hit elicited a chant of “Let’s go Mets” from behind the third-base dugout at Nationals Park, the place a set of followers carrying orange and blue helped the guests really feel at residence. These cheers prolonged with Kevin Pillar’s two-run double that widened the Mets’ lead. Jonathan Villar delivered an RBI single that put the Mets forward 6-2, earlier than Jeurys Familia obtained three outs.
Diaz had recorded 9 straight saves since blowing his final one, on July 19 in Cincinnati. He entered with a 1.13 ERA over that stretch, with 23 strikeouts in 16 innings.
Juan Soto began the comeback towards Diaz within the ninth in a rush, lofting the right-hander’s first pitch of the evening into the left-field seats to tug the Nationals inside 2-1.
Diaz recorded an out earlier than strolling Ryan Zimmerman on 4 pitches and permitting a bloop to Riley Adams that eluded Brandon Nimmo’s diving outstretched glove. The ball rolled behind Nimmo and was retrieved by Michael Conforto. Javier Baez’s relay throw to the plate resulted in a collision between pinch-runner Andrew Stevenson and catcher Probability Sisco, with the runner protected. Sisco was knocked out of the sport and changed by Patrick Mazeika. Following the delay, Diaz recovered to get the ultimate two outs and ship the sport to further innings.
Going through the NL East dregs, the Mets gained their sixth straight (together with a suspended sport towards Miami that’s formally recorded as an April victory). The potential feast will proceed with 4 extra video games towards these stripped-down Nationals to conclude the Labor Day weekend. That schedule features a Saturday cut up doubleheader at Nationals Park — one sport is a make-up from the opening sequence of the season that was postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak among the many Nationals.
The Mets, who started the evening trailing the Braves by 5 video games within the NL East, fell to .500 with a loss in San Francisco on Aug. 16 and had remained under that degree for the reason that following day. They had been six video games under .500 after a loss to the Nationals that started their final homestand, however have run the desk since then.
Wealthy Hill, in his finest begin since arriving to the Mets every week earlier than the commerce deadline, pitched six shutout innings through which he allowed three hits and two walks with 4 strikeouts. Seth Lugo and Arron Loup fired a scoreless inning apiece earlier than the Nationals rallied towards Diaz within the ninth.
Conforto’s RBI single within the second gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. Baez doubled with one out earlier than Conforto hit a line drive off pitcher Sean Nolin’s shoulder that caromed to the outfield for a 1-0 lead. Pillar’s ensuing double put runners on second and third, however Nolin struck out earlier than Hill was retired.
Alonso delivered a two-out RBI triple within the third that prolonged the Mets’ result in 2-0. Nimmo walked and after Lindor was retired, Alonso hit a bloop to proper that Soto overran. As Soto pursued the ball, Alonso legged it to 3rd base for his second triple of the season.
Hill was examined within the fifth, following Luis Garcia’s two-out double that put runners on second and third. However pinch-hitter Keibert Ruiz popped out to maintain the Mets’ lead at two runs.
Garcia had doubled main off the third, however was picked off second by Hill, who stepped off the rubber and obtained the runner caught in a rundown.