September 21, 2019

The Third Comeback Was the Charm as Mets Beat Nationals

The Third Comeback Was the Charm as Mets Beat Nationals

Pete Alonso tied the game with a long home run in the eighth inning, Amed Rosario had a winning infield single with two outs in the ninth and the Mets rallied from deficits three times to beat the Washington Nationals, 6-5, Tuesday night.

Washington led by 1-0 in the fifth, 3-1 in the seventh and 5-4 in the eighth, but the Mets (22-25) kept bouncing back, winning their second straight game after General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Mickey Callaway will remain the team’s manager “for the foreseeable future.”

Alonso hit his 16th homer, breaking the Mets rookie record for long balls before the All-Star break, which was set by Ron Swoboda in 1965. Alonso’s drive, on a 1-2 fastball from Tanner Rainey (0-1), rose 126 feet, went over the foul pole and bounced off the Porsche Grille restaurant. The home run call on the field was upheld by a video review.

Rainey walked Adeiny Hechavarria and J.D. Davis starting the ninth, Kyle Barraclough relieved and Jeff McNeil grounded into a forceout that left runners at the corners. McNeil advanced on defensive indifference and, with Robinson Cano on deck, Rosario hit a two-hopper grounder to shortstop and beat Trea Turner’s throw.

Edwin Díaz (1-2) worked around a ninth-inning single for his first win with the Mets. Washington lost its third straight.

Mets starter Zack Wheeler gave up three runs and four hits in seven innings, while Washington’s Erick Fedde allowed one run and four hits in five innings.

John Soto homered in the first, but McNeil tied the score with a fifth-inning single. Brian Dozier put the Nationals back ahead with a two-run homer in the seventh, but J.D. Davis’s three-run pinch homer off Wander Suero gave the Mets a 4-3 lead in the bottom half.

Turner hit a tying double in the eighth off Jeurys Familia and scored on Soto’s double against Daniel Zamora.


Michael Conforto (concussion) rode a bike on Monday, his first physical activity since being placed on the 7-day concussion injured list. Callaway said he did not know whether Conforto would be activated when first eligible on Friday. … Brandon Nimmo (sore neck) was a late scratch from the starting lineup. … Jason Vargas (left hamstring tightness) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and could pitch this weekend against Detroit.

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