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The Mets’ big comeback falls short in a crazy game that had it all

SAN FRANCISCO — These kings of late-inning drama were just getting started when much of their East Coast fan base went into a haze.

But the difference in that last miraculous Mets comeback was a counterstrike. The Giants bid not one but two on a wild Tuesday night in the Bay Area.

Edwin Diaz allowed two runs in the ninth, including a walk-off RBI single against Brandon Crawford that sent the Mets to a 13-12 loss at Oracle Park.

Joc Pederson was the offensive hero, with three home runs and an RBI single in the ninth, tying the game before Crawford won it moments later.

Dominic Smith tripled to lead in ninth place, and pinch-runner Travis Jankowski scored with Brandon Nimmo’s sacrificial fly to give the Mets the lead.

Buried in a six-run hole, the Mets caused a stir in the seventh inning and then went through in the eighth, taking an 11-8 lead before Pederson’s third homer of the game, a three-run blaster on Drew Smith, den equalized.

Francisco Lindor hit a bases-loaded triple in eighth place that put the Mets ahead, but this was a rally full of heroes. And the team’s ability to get the ball in play and pressure the defense was paramount as the Mets hit three infield hits in an inning.

Darin Ruff slips safely to get the winning run when Tomas Nido drops the ball in the ninth inning of the Mets' 13-12 loss to the Giants.
Darin Ruff slips safely to get the winning run when Tomas Nido drops the ball in the ninth inning of the Mets’ 13-12 loss to the Giants.
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With the Mets trailing 8-4 (Lindor had hit a two-run homer in the previous inning), Jeff McNeil and Eduardo Escobar scored back-to-back to start the epic rally. Crawford’s Mark Canha’s single loaded the bases and Dominic Smith awoke from a slumber to deliver a two-run single that drew the Mets within 8-6. After Luis Guillorme was knocked out on a fielder’s pick, Nimmo hit a slow grounder into third and hit Kevin Padlo’s throw, loading the bases. Starling Marte followed with a hard grounder from Padlo which brought Smith home. Lindor’s grounder behind third base — which Pederson ran over in left field — unloaded the bases and gave the Mets an 11-8 lead.

Chris Bassitt allowed the Giants three bye-bye babies and never got through the fifth inning. The performance was a rare clunker for a Mets starting pitcher this season.

Bassitt (arriving in Oakland from across the Bay Bridge in a March trade) gave up eight earned runs on eight hits and three walks over 4¹/₃ innings in his worst start in a Mets uniform.

Starling Marte high-fives Pete Alonso after scoring one of the runs on Francisco Lindor's three-run triple during the Mets loss.
Starling Marte high-fives Pete Alonso after scoring one of the runs on Francisco Lindor’s three-run triple during the Mets loss.
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In his start against the Cardinals last week, Bassitt also tussled, allowing four earned runs over 6 ¹/₃ innings. But his biggest tormentors were the Giants, who also defeated him at Citi Field last month when he conceded five earned runs over six innings.

The Mets would certainly welcome the return of the Bassitt, who was sitting 11 days ago with a 2.34 ERA (that number has since risen to 3.91) as they try to weather recent injuries to Max Scherzer and Tylor Megill, who shortened the rotation. Additionally, Jacob deGrom has yet to pitch for the Mets this season. At these points the team has reached out to David Peterson and seems willing to audition for Thomas Szapucki. Trevor Williams has also been used twice as a starter in doubleheaders.

Bassitt allowed his third homer in as many innings, a two-run shot for Pederson in the fifth that buried the Mets in an 8-2 hole. The blast was the second of the game and ninth of the season for Pederson, who arrived as a free agent last winter after helping the Braves win a World Series title.

Joc Pederson, who hit three homers and drove in eight runs, hugs Brandon Crawford after Crawford's walk-off single gave the Giants a win over the Mets.
Joc Pederson, who hit three homers and drove in eight runs, hugs Brandon Crawford after Crawford’s walk-off single gave the Giants a win over the Mets.
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Tommy La Stella’s three-run blast in the fourth had extended the Giants’ lead to 6-1. Luis Gonzalez doubled in the inning and Michael Papierski walked before La Stella was unloaded onto the right field pitches.

In the fourth, Bassitt walked with Mike Yastrzemski before leaving a cutter over the plate that Pederson blasted for a two-run homer.

The Giants jumped on Bassitt from the start. La Stella led the game with a single and Yastrzemski doubled before Darin Ruf’s ground-out gave a run.

Logan Webb was tough against the Mets, allowing two five-hit runs over five innings. Canha stroked an RBI single in the second that tied it 1-1. The Mets got another run in the fifth on Lindor’s sacrificial fly after Brandon Nimmo was hit by a pre-inning pitch.

Lindor started a two-run homer in the seventh that drew the Mets within 8-4. The homer was Lindor’s seventh of the season.

Stephen Nogosek appeared relieved. In his first appearance in nine days, the right-hander fired 3²/₃ scoreless innings behind Bassitt. In his only other major league appearance that season, Nogosek played three scoreless innings against the Nationals.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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