Baez 4 of 4, pillar hit, Mets scored 4 HR to beat Nats 13-6
Javier Baez went 4-for-4 with a home run, Kevin Pillar hit a grand slam that capped a game-sealing six-run ninth inning, and the New York Mets withstood another rally by the Washington Nationals for a victory of 13-6 on Sunday. .
Francisco Lindor and Jonathan Villar also homered for the Mets, who blew a four-run early lead but got 4 2/3 scoreless innings from their bullpen to win for the seventh time in eight games.
Lane Thomas and Josh Bell homered for Washington, which has lost eight of nine and 24 and its last 31.
With the score at 6, Andrés Machado (1-2) allowed three straight singles to open the eighth before Patrick Mazeika’s sacrifice fly to Thomas in center put the Mets ahead.
Lindor saluted Austin Voth in the ninth with a first pitch for his 13th home run. Voth allowed three more hits and a walk before Pillar sent a shot to the seats at center left for his 14th home run of the year and the third grand slam of his career.
Aaron Loup (5-0) scored a seventh on target. It was the 42nd victory for the Mets relievers this season, the most in the National League.
Washington starter Josiah Gray’s three-inning outing was the shortest of his brief career. He allowed six runs and seven hits and struck out two. After allowing a four-run first, Gray gave up opening homers to Villar in the second and Baez in the third.
Baez hit his 28th home run this season and scored three runs.
New York’s Taijuan Walker was winless in his last 10 starts, allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings. Walker gave up Thomas’ first shot and Bell’s two-run homer in the first, then Juan Soto’s two-run single in the fifth before allowing the tying run to score on a wild pitch.
It was the third time in as many days that New York blew a lead before regrouping to beat the Nationals.
Closer Edwin Diaz blew a two-run lead in the ninth on Friday, just for the The Mets come back for a 6-2 victory. In Saturday’s doubleheader opener, New York scored the first nine runs, gave up the next nine and won 11-9 in nine innings.
Coach’s room: Washington placed OF Gerardo Parra (right knee swelling) on the 10-day disabled list and called up Triple-A Rochester’s LZ Josh Rogers.
The Nationals send left-hander Patrick Corbin (7-14, 6.26), who is 0-5 with a 9.11 ERA in five home starts since July 1, to the mound on Monday as the five-game series concludes.
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