The Mets defeated the A’s 7-5 in a mistake-filled, seesaw game. Steven Matz again looked not at his best in the first when he allowed three straight hits to start the game. Oakland took an early 1-0 lead but the lefty settled in nicely until the fifth. Matz picked off Rajai Davis but Lucas Duda was unable to complete the throw to second base for the out. The A’s would take advantage of their good fortune and score two runs that inning.
It was 3-2 at that point since Michael Conforto cracked a two-run shot in the third. With the score still close Terry Collins went all in and pinch-hit for Matz in the bottom of the fifth. They did not score that inning, but they did take the lead in the sixth when T.J. Rivera got a hit with the bases loaded. Like Jose Reyes earlier in the week, Rivera got to circle the bases when third baseman Matt Chapman threw the ball away at second base which allowed Rivera to run home.
Conforto extended the lead an inning later when he hit his second two-run home run of the game to give the Mets a four-run lead.
Unfortunately since Collins went to the bullpen early, he was forced to mix-and-match in the eighth. After Erik Goeddel got into trouble and allowed a run to score, Addison Reed was brought in to settle things down, but he was unable to record an out so that left it up to Jerry Blevins.
Blevins made the lead stand and picked up the five-out save. It was closer than it had to be but the Mets picked up the win in the first game of the series.
Full recap to follow.
GameThread Roll Call
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- Cory Braiterman: 55
- doctor prancer: 50
- AnneInFlushing: 33
- LaRomaBella: 30