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Mets snap losing streak with roller coaster win over Padres

The Mets rallied to tie game in seventh and took the lead and held on in a wild ninth inning.

MLB: New York Mets at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

A moribund Mets offense came out of the gates hot, as the first four batters recorded hits—including Robinson Cano’s 2,500th career hit. This game the team an early 2-0 lead, but when Michael Conforto struck out, Wilson Ramos grounded back to the mound and Brandon Nimmo grounded out to strand runners on second and third, it felt like a lost opportunity that would hurt the team.

As the Mets continued to strand runners, the Padres began to chip away, first plating an unearned run in the first on an Amed Rosario throwing error before tying the game on a Franmil Reyes home run in the third. The Padres seemed to begin teeing off on a struggling Noah Syndergaard, as Ty France followed a Hunter Renfroe double off the wall with his first career home run to give the Padres a 4-2 lead.

Syndergaard was clearly struggling, which made it a bit perplexing when he batted down 4-2 in the top of the sixth, and he promptly gave up another run in the sixth before stranding runners on second and third to avoid further damage.

One could be excused for feeling the game was likely over given the Mets’ recent offensive struggles, but in fact it was only beginning. Jeff McNeil worked a walk to lead off the seventh, which was followed by a Rosario double. Pete Alonso’s second RBI single of the night scored a run. Michael Conforto followed with a sacrifice fly cut the deficit to one, before a badly struggling Brandon Nimmo ripped a clutch RBI double the other way to tie the game.

In the top of the ninth, Alonso struck again, launching a 449 foot bomb to deep left field to give the Mets a 7-5 lead. With Edwin Diaz coming on with a two run lead, it seemed as if the end of the Mets’ losing streak was nigh. But with one out, Greg Garcia worked a walk and Ian Kinsler blooped a single over Alonso to put the tying runs on. Reyes followed with an RBI single, which put the tying run on third with one out. Diaz buckled down, striking out a whining Eric Hosmer looking before getting Hunter Renfroe to hit into a force out to preserve the desperately-needed Mets victory.

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What’s WPA?

Big winners: Pete Alonso, +43.3%, Robinson Cano, +21.7%, Brandon Nimmo, +19.2%, Seth Lugo, +18.5%, Amed Rosario, +11.7%
Big losers: Noah Syndergaard, -31.0%, Todd Frazier, -20.7%,
Total pitcher WPA: -4.4%
Total batter WPA: +54.4%
Teh aw3s0mest play: Pete Alonso two-run home run in the top of the ninth, +35.2%
Teh sux0rest play: Franmil Reyes RBI single in the bottom of the ninth, -26.2%