PHOENIX (AP) — Carlos Gómez snapped a tie with a pinch-hit double during New Yorks bizarre two-run eighth inning, sending the Mets to a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
Adeiny Hechavarría had two hits and two RBIs for New York, and Wilson Ramos and Todd Frazier had two hits apiece. Zack Wheeler (5-3) struck out nine in seven innings, and Robert Gsellman got three outs for his first save.
Arizona lost its fifth straight game, matching a season high. Christian Walker and Ketel Marte homered, but the Diamondbacks were unable to hold on after taking a 4-3 lead.
Frazier and Hechavarria sparked New Yorks winning rally with consecutive two-out singles off Matt Andriese (3-4), putting runners on first and third.
Pinch hitter J.D. Davis then hit a chopper toward the mound that bounced off Andrieses glove as he reached up. Marte could not handle the ball cleanly as the tying run scored.
Gómez followed with a grounder inside the bag at third that drove in Hechavarría, but the ball boy stationed down the line — Arizona uses seniors dubbed “Golden Glovers” — fielded the ball thinking it was foul, and Davis was not permitted to score.
The Diamondbacks trailed 3-1 before scoring three times in the sixth.
Marte opened the inning with his 13th homer. Adam Jones singled with one out, and Walker connected for a 447-foot drive into the second deck of the left field bleachers. Walker finished with three hits and two RBIs after going 4 for 34 on Arizonas 10-game trip that ended Thursday.
Wheeler gave up seven hits and walked one. He also hit his second double of the season and raised his batting average to .321. Jeff McNeil is the only Mets regular with a higher average at .333.
The Mets scored three runs in the second inning, during which play was halted for several minutes when plate umpire Jim Wolf was forced to leave after being struck by a foul ball in the mask.
Michael Conforto led off with a walk against Jon Duplantier in the pitchers first major league start. Ramos singled before Wolf left during Fraziers at-bat. When play resumed, Frazier dumped an RBI single into center and Hechavarria doubled to center for a 3-0 lead.
Duplantier permitted six hits and threw 77 pitches in five innings. He was on a pitch count after topping out at 65 in is last start at Triple-A Reno.
PIZZA RAT GOES WEST:
The celebrated New York subway pizza rat made a guest appearance in the Diamondbacks “Legends Race,” which features big-headed likenesses of Randy Johnson, Luis Gonzalez, Mark Grace and Matt Williams racing from right field to the third base dugout after the fifth inning.
The group stopped for a piece of pizza placed on the track, and the costumed rat darted in from the Mets bullpen and grabbed the slice.
A 14-second video of a rat dragging a piece of pizza down subway stairs taken in 2015 went viral on Facebook and Twitter, and the short-season Class A Staten Island Yankees have embraced it, too.
The Staten Island team will rebrand itself as the Staten Island Pizza Rats for seven home games this season. The Pizza Rats logo will be on the left chest, with a “Pizza RatRead More – Source