Sure, baseball is quite the team game, but on Saturday afternoon at Citi Field, Wilson Ramos did his best to single-handedly keep the Mets in a ballgame that his backup would ultimately help win in extras.
After the Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead against Jason Vargas thanks to two singles followed by a sacrifice fly by Nicholas Castellanos, Ramos tied the game up in the bottom of the second with a home run to deep left center.
In the fourth, J.D. Davis reached on an error leading off the inning, then moved to third thanks to consecutive balks by Tigers starter Ryan Carpenter. Ramos followed with an RBI single to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.
Vargas was serviceable in his return from the disabled list, preserving the lead through five. After Tyler Bashlor—solid of late—unfortunately gave the lead back in the top of the sixth on a Brandon Dixon pinch hit two run home run, Ramos struck again, this time going the other way for his second home run of the game to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.
With two outs and a man on second in the top of the eighth, Mickey Callaway went to Edwin Diaz for a possible four out save, but Diaz suffered his first blown save as a Met when JaCoby Jones blooped a single to right to tie the game.
Diaz surprisingly didn’t come out for the ninth, but the unlikely trio of Wilmer Font, Daniel Zamora and Hector Santiago kept Detroit off the board into the extra frames, and after both teams wasted opportunities to score, each leaving the bases loaded in one frame, Tomas Nido led off the bottom of the thirteenth inning with a home run to center to win the game for the Mets.
Full recap to follow.
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