Jeff McNeil left his fatigue within the dugout and grinded by means of an vital at-bat for the Mets on Sunday.
Summoned to pinch hit within the sixth inning after lacking three straight begins with what had been described as fatigue in his left leg, McNeil fell behind with two fast strikes in opposition to former teammate Jacob Barnes. He labored the rely full and stroked a two-run double that was good for the go-ahead runs within the Mets’ 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays at Citi Field.
The Mets received a second straight collection and can now put together for a five-game division conflict that begins Monday with a doubleheader in opposition to the Braves.
Manager Luis Rojas gambled within the sixth and received, selecting McNeil to pinch hit for Tomas Nido with two outs and two runners on base after Pete Alonso had already stroked a game-tying homer within the inning.
Although Trevor May allowed three straight hits to start the eighth, together with an RBI single to Teoscar Hernandez that pulled the Blue Jays inside 5-4, the Mets escaped with the lead. Aaron Loup recorded a important out, retiring Cavan Biggio with the bases loaded and Edwin Diaz labored a scoreless ninth for his twenty first save in 26 possibilities.
Alonso’s two-run homer within the sixth tied it at three. The blast was Alonso’s eleventh in his final 24 video games and third since Friday, when he hit two to lead a victory over the Blue Jays. Michael Conforto walked within the inning and superior to second on a wild pitch earlier than Alonso hit a shot into the left-field seats. Upon returning to the dugout he hoisted the staff’s new “Home run horse” as a part of the celebration.
In his Mets debut, Rich Hill lasted five-plus innings and allowed three earned runs on 5 hits with two walks and one strikeout. The left-hander, who arrived in a commerce with the Rays on Friday, was going through the Rays for the second time in 14 days.
Hill loaded the bases with no one out within the sixth earlier than Seth Lugo entered and allowed a two-run single to Bo Bichette. The ensuing batter, Teoscar Herandez, hit a grounder to third base on which J.D. Davis threw to the plate as an alternative of trying to begin a double play. The ball was dislodged from Tomas Nido’s mitt as he utilized the tag, extending the Blue Jays’ lead to 3-1. But additional injury was prevented as Lugo struck out Randal Grichuk and retired Alejandro Kirk and Biggio in succession.
The rally had began as Hill launched into his third time by means of the batting order. George Springer was hit by a pitch and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled into the right-center hole earlier than Marcus Semien walked to load the bases. Hill had restricted the Blue Jays to one base runner in every of the earlier 5 innings.