NEW YORK – Pinch-hitter Brandon Drury pitched a tiebreaker single in the eighth inning and the New York Mets rallied from a pair of three-run deficits to defeat the Washington Nationals 8-7 on Wednesday in a game restart. suspended by the rain. the previous night.
The teams were supposed to play their regularly scheduled game Wednesday night, but it was postponed with a severe storm approaching and rescheduled as part of a single admission double game Thursday starting at 12:10 p.m.
Pete Alonso came off a 21-21 slump with three hits, including an RBI double from near center field that led the Mets to 7-6 in the seventh. New York tied it with a pitching error by rookie reliever Mason Thompson (0-1) 6-foot-7 in the eighth and snapped the worst four-game streak of the season, winning only for the third time in 12 games to avoid falling. before .500.
“I liked the conviction behind the changes we made there,” said manager Luis Rojas. “It started last night. … It’s great to see. “
Juan Soto hit a three-run home run Tuesday night and went 3-for-4 with a walk on his return to the starting lineup with a sore right knee. Washington was up 7-4 in the fifth with the help of a two-run double from Luis Garcia, but his inexperienced bullpen couldn’t take it.
JD Davis led off the eighth with a double and scored when Thompson threw in a sacrifice bunt from Jonathan Villar. An out later, Drury singled over a cramped infield: The ball landed on the back of the infield dirt behind second base.
Trevor May (5-2) worked a perfect inning and Edwin Diaz got three quick outs for his 24th save in 28 attempts, striking out Soto to start the ninth.
“We have had a lot of great victories this year,” said Rojas. “This is one of them.”
Washington, which brought down his team in a big selloff at the trade deadline, is down seven of eight.
“Yes, they are different,” said Rojas.
Play resumed in a nearly empty stadium with the Nationals leading 3-1 in the top of the second.
With the cup reduced to seven innings, both teams changed their pitching plans in the first match. New York put 41-year-old left-hander Rich Hill on the mound when play resumed, and Washington turned to Joe Ross.
Hill was scheduled to start Thursday, and Ross was originally scheduled for Wednesday night.
“It was a great comeback,” Hill said.
New York is now set to play its twelfth doubleheader of the year on Thursday, with two more scheduled. The last team to play 14 doubles in one season was the 1979 Milwaukee Brewers, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
LONG AND SINDOSA ROAD
Washington sent left-handed reliever Sam Clay to Triple-A Rochester and selected the contract of LZ Sean Nolin, who returned to the majors for the first time since 2015 with Oakland. The 31-year-old Nolin pitched in Japan last year and was 3-3 with a 3.80 ERA in 11 games (nine starts) for Rochester this season.
Nationals: Soto was also included in the Game 2 lineup. The slugger was limited to two pinch-off appearances last weekend against Atlanta. … RHP Stephen Strasburg, recovering from season-ending neck surgery, was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to open a spot on the 40-man list for Nolin.
Mets: SS Francisco Lindor (right oblique strain) simulated playing situations at shortstop and had batting practice on the field for the first time since he was injured on July 16. He will have a light day on Thursday, but there is no next step in place yet. “It looked good,” Rojas said. … Javier Báez (lower back) pinch-hitted in the sixth and struck out on three pitches to end the inning. Baez, initially announced as Drury over the public address system, was also out of the published starting lineup in the second game. … The team is considering Noah Syndergaard as a potential reliever if he can come back from Tommy John surgery in September.
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKES AT YOUR DOOR
Technically, it was Hill’s first major league relief appearance since 2014 with the Yankees. After being traded to pitch Wednesday, the Mets need a starter for Thursday, and right-hander Trevor Williams is an option to make his New York debut. Williams, acquired with Baez from the Cubs on the July 30 trade deadline, has been pitching at Triple-A Syracuse.
New York planned to call up RHP Geoff Hartlieb of Triple-A Syracuse as the 27th man for the second game of the doubleheader.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Nationals: He had planned a bullpen game in the cup, with RHP Andrés Machado on the list as a starter. RHP Erick Fedde (4-8, 5.15 ERA) was already scheduled for Thursday.
Mets: RHP Marcus Stroman (7-11, 2.83 ERA) is delayed from Wednesday night to one of Thursday’s games. He has lost three consecutive starts and is 1-7 in his last 10.
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