Mets Stars Shine, NY Saves Season With 7-3 Win Over Padres

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Pete Alonso launched a tiebreaking homer, and Jacob deGrom pitched well enough to help keep alive the New York Mets’ season by securing a 7-3 win over their rivals the San Diego Padres that evened their wild-card playoff series to one game each

NEW YORK (AP) NEW YORK (AP) The Mets’ season was in the final stages the top players for the New York Mets shined bright.

Pete Alonso launched a tiebreaking homer, and Jacob deGrom pitched well enough to help save New York with a 7-3 victory against the San Diego Padres that evened their wild-card playoff series to one game each Saturday night.

“Win or go home,” deGrom told reporters. “Love playing here. Mets fanbase has been fantastic for me. We didn’t want them to disappoint.”

Francisco Lindor also went deep, Jeff McNeil laced a crucial two-run double, in the seventh inning, and All-Star reliever Edwin Diaz entered much earlier than normal to secure a one-run advantage in the seventh innings.

New York broke open the game with four goals in the final ten minutes, highlighted to the base-loaded single McNeil who lined against Adrian Morejon through a drawn-in infield.

Seth Lugo retired cleanup batter Josh Bell on a grounder with the sacks full of sacks for the save, putting an end to the game after 4 hours and 13 minutes.

“It was a close game in the middle innings and then it got away from us there in the seventh,” San Diego manager Bob Melvin said.

The teams take on a decisive game 3 on Sunday evening at Citi Field The winner advances to a best-of-5 NL Division Series against the most-favored Los Angeles Dodgers beginning Tuesday.

Joe Musgrove is scheduled to play for his home town Padres against the 15-game champion Chris Bassitt.

“Go out there and compete and leave it all on the field,” San Diego slugger Manny Machado said. “At this point it’s all about 27 outs.”

The leadoff batter Brandon Nimmo had three hits and a walk for the Mets and had a go-ahead hit in the fourth, which chased the wild starting pitcher Blake Snell to the delight of a raucous sellout crowd waving orange rally towel.

The left-handed pitcher walked four of his first 12 batters , and six over three 1/3 innings of shaky pitching in his debut postseason appearance with San Diego.

In a contest with the 2018 Cy Young Award winners, deGrom hit eight batters over six innings with a two-run baseball to earn his fourth postseason victory.

It was his first time playing in a playoff at home The right-hander was able to pitch the Mets to their 2015 World Series, but all four of his starts in the postseason were made on the road.

“I actually felt like I had my best stuff in the sixth inning,” said the pitcher.

The night that Co-ace Max Scherzer gave up four homers and seven runs during an unlucky Game 1 loss, deGrom came out firing 100-mph fastballs and delivered with New York being in danger of losing.

A two-time Cy Young Award recipient and who has plans to walk away from his contract following this season, was unable to beat Machado three times before rebounding well after going 0-3 and an 6.00 ERA in his final four outings in the regular season.

Trent Grisham homered for the second time in the span of two games And San Diego tied it 2-all by scoring Jurickson Protar’s RBI hit in the 5th.

However, following a visit by the pitching trainer Jeremy Hefner, deGrom struck out Machado and Bell with runners on the corners, to finish the inning.

“He’s one of the best in the game,” Machado declared. “He did what he does best. We weren’t able to open the floodgates.”

Alonso hit a homer on the opening pitch of the bottom part of the second inning of the reliever Nick Martinez, who went to school at the University of New York City at Fordham. This was his first in the postseason for Alonso who hit 40 in the regular season. He was tied with the lead in major leagues with the 131 RBIs.

“This is why we play — for those moments,” Alonso declared.

Diaz was called up to the mound by Manager Buck Showalter in the seventh — his first appearance since the month of August in 2020. Making his only postseason game of his life the reliever made a tough defensive move, protecting first base, and later put a stop to the slugger Juan Soto on a dribbler with a runner at second base to close the innings.

Diaz took on for 46 mins between pitches, while the Mets recovered in the second portion thanks to their help of consecutive walks of 10 pitches that were sparked from Alonso as well as Mark Canha against Morejon.

A hyper-adrenalined McNeil who was the big league batting champion, walked towards his New York dugout as he hit his clutch double that put the score at 5-1. Eduardo Escobar added an RBI single off Pierce Johnson, and pinch-hitter Daniel Vogelbach had a sacrifice fly.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 19: Francisco Lindor #12 of the New York Mets celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk-off single during the tenth inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants at Citi Field on April 19, 2022 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

After making two hits in the ninth inning, Diaz was given an enthusiastic ovation, and then was greeted by the 42,156 in attendance before he left the mound.

With two outs in the ninth inning, Profar hit an errant drive that was snagged across the fence in right-center. Adam Ottavino walked in a hit before Showalter was sent to Lugo for the ninth out.

“We knew going into this game it was going to be tough,” Grisham stated. “Any team fighting for its lives will go out with guns on fire. We’ll find ourselves in the same position the next day.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker was replaced by Left-handed reliever Joely Rodriguez (shoulder) on the team roster prior to the game, a substitution that had to be accepted from Major League Baseball. Rodriguez isn’t qualified to pitch again until the Mets make it to the NL Championship Series. He didn’t pitch in the Mets’ 7-1 loss. … A slumping DH Darin Ruf was able to return after a neck strain and took part in the first time since the beginning of September. 25. Ruf was struck out then walked before being struck by the pitch.

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Musgrove (10-7, 2.93 ERA) was being a Padres supporter living in his hometown of the San Diego suburbs and signed an all-cash, five-year, $100 million contract with his home team this season.

Bassitt pitched 15-9, with an 3.42 ERA in his first season with the Mets following his arrival through a deal with Oakland in which he was a pitcher for Melvin.

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