The Mets beat the Nationals in 10 innings for the fifth straight win
WASHINGTON – Kevin Pillar drove in two with a double in the 10th and the New York Mets rallied after blowing a late lead to beat the Washington Nationals 6-2 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.
Pete Alonso singled to score on automatic runner Francisco Lindor to open the 10th, and Pillar’s double off Austin Voth (3-1) extended the lead to 5-2. Jonathan Villar added another RBI single before Jeurys Familia threw a clean 10th.
The surge rescued closer Edwin Diaz (5-4), who allowed two runs in the ninth, the first he has allowed since Aug. 6.
Juan Soto hit a solo home run to left field on the 24th on Diaz’s first pitch to make it 2-1. S
Diaz walked Ryan Zimmerman on four pitches. Andrew Stevenson, who ran for Zimmerman, then scored from the first on a Riley Adams double.
The throw to home plate forced Mets catcher Chance Sisco up the third base line and into Stevenson’s way. Stevenson’s knee slammed into Sisco, forcing Stevenson into the air and off the plate. He jumped back to touch the plate and tie it up as Sisco writhed in pain. Sisco was replaced by Patrick Mazeika.
The Mets started the night five games behind Cincinnati for the second wild card spot and five games behind Atlanta for the NL East lead. His five-game winning streak does not include a victory completed Tuesday at the restart of an April 11 game postponed by rain against Miami.
The victory helped New York improve its emphatic road division: The Mets are 41-27 this season at Citi Field and 26-40 on the road.
Washington has lost six straight games. The Nationals are 7-22 since their liquidation on the July 31 trade deadline.
Michael Conforto’s single prompted Javier Báez to put the Mets lead 1-0 in the second. Alonso’s 3-pointer marked Brandon Nimmo in the third.
Rich Hill pitched six scoreless innings, struck out four, walked two and allowed three hits for New York.
Washington starter Sean Nolin allowed two earned runs in five innings. He struck out three.
Nationals manager Davey Martinez returned to the bench Friday after undergoing an ankle “procedure” Thursday morning. Martinez used crutches to reach his preferred bench position to handle the game, then sat with his leg extended and a soft cast around his left foot. Bench coach Tim Bogar coached the Nationals Thursday night and took over management duties on the field, such as pitching changes, on Friday.
Nationals: RHP Kyle McGowin (right elbow) was placed on the 10-day disabled list. McGowin felt something “strange” in his right elbow when he threw a bullpen session Thursday, according to Martinez. An MRI revealed a UCL sprain. McGowin will consult with a specialist before determining next steps. Kyle Finnegan was reinstated from the paternity list to take McGowin’s place.
Mets: OF Dominic Smith was placed on the bereavement list on Friday. Newly acquired reliever Brad Hand was activated to fill Smith’s spot on the roster. The timetable for Smith’s return is unknown. Mets manager Luis Rojas said Smith was “in the middle” to join his family, but decided to leave Friday morning.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Mets: RHP Marcus Stroman (9-12, 2.85) will pitch Game 1 for the Mets on Saturday. Tylor Megill (2-3, 4.04) will pitch the second game.
Nationals: RHP Erick Fedde (6-9, 5.08 ERA) will pitch Game 1 on Saturday. Washington has yet to determine its headline Saturday night.
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