Needing to play catch-up yet again, the Mets got their biggest swings from catchers Tomas Nido and Wilson Ramos in another dramatic win.
Nido homered against Buck Farmer leading off the 13th inning, Ramos went deep twice, and the Mets beat the Detroit Tigers, 5-4, on Saturday for another comeback victory during a wild homestand.
Nido — Ramos’s backup, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the 11th — drove a 2-0 pitch from Farmer (3-4) just beyond a leaping center fielder JaCoby Jones at the wall in right-center field, ending a game full of wasted chances for both teams.
It was Nido’s third career homer and his first walk-off hit since high school.
“That was an unbelievable feeling,” he said.
The Mets have won five of six games at Citi Field this week despite having trailed in all but one of those games. That came after the front office spoke up Monday to defend the embattled second-year manager, Mickey Callaway. The Mets (25-26) could climb back to .500 with a win on Sunday.
Ramos drove in four runs and had all three of the Mets’ hits through the first eight innings, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the sixth. He has three homers in two days, bringing his total to five for the season.
“I’ve been working really good in the cage right now,” he said. “I’m getting my timing back.”
This was only the second time in franchise history that two catchers homered in the same game. Gary Carter and Ed Hearn did so in 1986.
“It was like Mike Piazza back there or something,” Callaway said.
Ramos also picked off Gordon Beckham at first base in the 11th. Ramos walked with one out in the bottom of the inning, and pitcher Steven Matz replaced him as a pinch-runner.
With the Mets leading by 4-3 in the eighth, the All-Star closer Edwin Diaz entered seeking his first four-out save of the season, his first stab at one since Callaway, days earlier, changed his tune on using Diaz for more than three outs. Diaz replaced Robert Gsellman with a runner on third and allowed a tying single to Jones for his first blown save as a Met. Diaz had converted 22 straight save chances dating to last season.
Wilmer Font replaced Diaz to start the ninth and pitched through the 10th, freezing Jones with a 3-2 curveball and stranding two runners.
Mets starter Jason Vargas navigated trouble effectively throughout his return from the injured list with a strained left hamstring. He had a runner on base in each of his five innings but limited Detroit to a run and five hits.