Wilmer Flores never made it to second base. The Mets shortstop was mobbed by his teammates before he got there Tuesday night, celebrating his first career walkoff hit, an RBI single in the 10th as the Mets beat the Phillies, 5-4, at Citi Field.
Flores hit the ball hard four times Tuesday night, and made it count twice. He lined a sinlge over shortstop in the 10th to score Juan Lagares, who had led off the inning with a single off Jeanmar Gomez.
Flores’ sacrifice fly had tied the game in the bottom of the ninth.
The Mets (26-21) won their second straight and their sixth straight against the Phillies (19-29) at Citi Field. It was their first extra-inning win of the season. That salvaged the Mets’ night, but it could not save a tremendous effort from Jacob deGrom.
The Mets righthander had to settle for his first no-decision of the season despite turning in a second straight great start. He was charged with two runs on six hits. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter.
The Mets bullpen faced six batters in the eighth inning and gave up five hits and the Mets’ lead. After giving up back-to-back, one-out singles to Carlos Ruiz and Cesar Hernandez in the eighth, deGrom walked off the field to a standing ovation from the small crowd at Citi Field.
He left with a 3-0 lead, but he left Phillies runners in scoring position for the first time all night. Ben Revere jumped on Hansel Robles’ first-pitch fastball for a two-run triple, cutting the Mets’ lead to 3-2. On Robles’ fourth pitch of the night, Freddy Galvis tied the game with a single, scoring Revere.
Those cheers for deGrom quickly turned to ugly boos for Robles, who had stranded five of his six inherited runners going into that appearance as he was pulled.
Alex Torres took over for Robles and gave up a single to Chase Utley before striking out Ryan Howard for the second out.
Maikel Franco singled off Carlos Torres to drive in the go-ahead run with a one-out ground ball to left field.
Jacob deGrom tosses 7.1 innings and strikes out nine while allowing just two runs but doesn’t get the win after the Mets bullpen blows a 3-0 lead.
Flores, whose three-run home run had delivered the Mets a win on Monday, came through with a sacrifice fly to center to bring home Lucas Duda in the eighth to tie the game at 4-4.
Jeurys Familia pitched two scoreless innings, the first time he had pitched two innings since May 31, 2014, when he blew a save against the Phillies. He picked up his first win of the season.
The closer gave the Mets enough to come through for the win, but it was too late for deGrom to take anything more than a little satisfaction out of his night.
After an unsettling streak of four shaky starts, deGrom looks more like the pitcher who won 2014 National League Rookie of the Year honors. After making some adjustments to quicken his hands through his delivery, deGrom is again throwing low in the strike zone, working both the corners and aggressively going after hitters in his last two starts.
That is some relief for the Mets, who need solid starting pitching to compete with an offense that is ranked among the bottom of the majors.
Tuesday night, deGrom got right back on track and picked the Mets up. Building off his last start, a dominant eight-inning performance against the Cardinals last Thursday. He retired 23 straight in that start and struck out a season-high 11 batters. Tuesday night, deGrom’s streak of retired batters stayed at 23 as Revere singled in the very first at-bat of the game.
After a two-out single to Utley in the first, deGrom retired 11 straight before Grady Sizemore’s single in the fifth.
DeGrom was not only let down by the bullpen Tuesday night, but also by the Mets’ struggling offense, once again. The Mets went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position Tuesday night.
The Mets managed to score just three runs off Phillies starter Jerome Williams.
Duda drove in the first run with a single to center and Michael Cuddyer had a two-run single to left.
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