The kids put the Mets on their backs on Wednesday and slugger Pete Alonso landed the final blow to secure a 8-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in extra innings.
Buck Showalter saw his club’s offense get shutout until the seventh inning in Wednesday’s win. Francisco Alvarez and Mark Vientos provided some timely homers to pull the Mets from behind while Kodai Senga gave his team a solid start.
All that was almost erased in the 10th after Tampa Bays’ Harold Ramirez scored a go-ahead RBI single to right and Josh Lowe’s single scored an insurance run.
But Alonso’s 15th homer of the season in the bottom of the 10th was the cherry on top of a win the team desperately needed. The walk-off victory gives the Mets a chance to get its first series win since last month.
Tampa Bay starter Josh Fleming threw five scoreless innings, allowing three hits, two walks and striking out five batters.
The Mets didn’t get a run on the board until Vientos gave his team a spark in the seventh. The 23-year-old, who was called up from Triple-A before Wednesday’s game, hit a two-run home run off of Rays reliever Ryan Thompson to assist an offense that was struggling.
Senga gave a performance his team envisioned when the right-hander signed a five-year, $75 million contract with the Mets in December.
The righty was expected to slot in behind aces Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer to provide deep pitching depth that was intended to dominate the National League. The initial plans for the team’s starter pitching hasn’t worked out so far this season, but Senga showcased what he’s capable of when he’s on.
Senga totaled 12 strikeouts, the most by any Mets starter this season. He became the first Mets pitcher to strike out 12 hitters in their rookie season since Noah Syndegaard did it in 2015.
The biggest matchup of the night for the starter came in the top of the sixth inning, as Senga faced the red-hot Isaac Paredes, who got the Rays on board after scoring Brandon Lowe on a ground-rule double in the fourth, with two runners on and just one out. Senga easily got Paredes to fly out in foul territory with his ghost fork, not being phased by the infielder that blasted two homers off Verlander on Tuesday.
The right-hander got third baseman Taylor Walls to strikeout afterwards to keep the score 1-0, prompting cheers from the same Citi Field crowd that booed their ace off the field a night prior.
Senga’s night ended after six stellar innings, allowing just three hits, one earned run and three walks over 104 pitches.
Jeff Brigham took over in the seventh, allowing a solo shot to outfielder Jose Siri. It was Siri’s second home run in as many days. The lead extended to 4-2 in the eighth after Lowe hit a homer to right field. Randy Arozarena’s RBI single in the ninth stretched the score to 5-2.
The Rays stole five bases, drew six walks and hit two home runs Wednesday, showcasing all the things that has gotten them the best record in the majors.
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