Mets save Edwin Diaz in 10-inning win over Diamondbacks

PHOENIX — Slowly, the Mets began to flush what should have been a comfortable lead Friday night.

There was Chasen Shreve conceding a run in the seventh and Trevor May giving up a two-run blast in the eighth. But after Edwin Diaz so easily recorded two outs to start the ninth, the Mets seemed free of danger.

Except for Diaz letting a slider over the plate and Daulton Varsho hitting the ball over the right fence. Draw. Save burnt out. More questions about the Mets bullpen.

Starling Marte’s speed had everyone off the hook. The Mets outfielder put down a two-out infield single in the 10th inning that allowed ghost runner Jeff McNeil to get the go-ahead for a 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

Jeff McNeil scores the game-winning run
Jeff McNeil scores the game-winning run in the 10th inning after an infield hit by Starling Marte.

Marte was originally called out by umpire Will Little at first base, but the Mets challenged and the game was overturned. McNeil had advanced to third on James McCann’s groundout to lead the inning to second.

Seth Lugo grabbed the final three outs, allowing the Mets to walk away with a win that seemed in hand after McCann’s two-barrel homer in the seventh that extended the lead to 5-1.

Shreve allowed a run on two hits late in the inning, and Christian Walker’s two-run homer in the eighth game against May was a warning shot that the Mets might need more than five runs. Diaz’s save was his first of the season.

Daulton Varsho rounds the bases after his game-winning solo home run in the 9th inning.
Daulton Varsho rounds the bases after his game-winning solo home run in the 9th inning.
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The Mets (11-4) started the night with a 2.10 ERA from their starting pitchers. David Peterson, who replaced injured Taijuan Walker for a second straight start, brought that number down to 2.07.

After threw four relieved shutout frames against the Phillies on April 11, Peterson has allowed just one 10-inning run in back-to-back starts against the Diamondbacks, making for a remarkable rookie season in 2020. Last season, Peterson struggled early and then was put on the injury list in June, never to return, first with an oblique strain and then a broken foot.

He was removed that night after allowing a three-hit run and a 5 ²/₃ innings walk.

David Peterson plays in the Mets' win over the Diamondbacks on Friday.
David Peterson plays in the Mets’ win over the Diamondbacks on Friday.
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“I’m still working on a few adjustments on top of a shortened spring training session as I’m missing time in spring training, so I feel like there’s been a little catching up,” McCann said ahead of the game.

Brandon Nimmo’s second opponent field hit in three innings, a single after third base leading before sixth, resulted in the Mets going 1-1 in the tie. Nimmo rocketed into third place, just hitting the throw from left field on Marte’s subsequent singles against Oliver Perez and scoring on Francisco Lindor’s sacrificial fly. Pete Alonso’s RBI groundout gave the Mets a 3-1 lead.

The Mets equalized 1-1 in the fourth with two well-placed hits against the Shift. Nimmo led the inning with a chop double left after the Diamondbacks moved the third baseman to the right with two strikes. The following batter, Marte, worked a full count walk against Zac Gallen and Lindor’s choice of fielder left corner runners with an out. Alonso’s pop-up on the right landed perfectly in unpopulated territory for an RBI single. Gallen rallied to pull Eduardo Escobar back before Robinson struck Cano and batted after two straight curveballs to end the inning.

Seth Lugo, 67, and James McCann, 33, hug after the Mets defeated the Diamondbacks.
Seth Lugo, 67, and James McCann, 33, hug after the Mets defeated the Diamondbacks.
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Peterson covered first base late in the third inning, resulting in the Diamondbacks scoring the first run of the game. Pavin Smith doubled down the right fence to start the inning. Jose Herrera’s one-out bouncer on the right pulled Alonso wide of first base, and McNeil had to wait for Peterson before he could throw. The infield single-put runners on the corners and Cooper Hummel’s ground-out brought in the run.

Smith led Arizona out of the fifth inning by chipping off first base on Varsho’s fly to the left with an out. Smith, who had walked, was on his way to third base when the ball returned to the infield.

Gallen struck out seven and allowed two hits over five innings. Last weekend, he limited the Mets to two hits over four shutout innings.

Peterson just missed in his attempt to complete six innings. With two outs in the sixth round, Ketel Marte hit a bloop to center that Nimmo nearly caught on a dive. Marte’s double prompted Mets manager Buck Showalter to call out Drew Smith, who escaped the inning by hitting Walker after leading Matt Davidson. Mets save Edwin Diaz in 10-inning win over Diamondbacks


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