NEW YORK (AP) — Joey Votto got here oh-so-close to matching the most important league file with a house run in eight consecutive video games, however Javier Báez did clear the fence in his New York debut and the Mets rallied previous the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 in 10 innings Saturday evening.
With the Mets all the way down to their ultimate strike, Dominic Smith hit a tying single off Sean Doolittle within the ninth. Brandon Drury opened the underside of the tenth with an RBI single in opposition to Luis Cessa (3-2), driving in automated runner Kevin Pillar from second base to win it.
Votto, driving a seven-game homer streak, laced a line drive that hit the orange padding atop the right-field wall within the eighth and bounced again into play — mere inches from crusing over close to the 370-foot signal.
A foot greater and Votto would have tied Dale Lengthy (1956 Pittsburgh Pirates), Don Mattingly (1987 New York Yankees) and Corridor of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. (1993 Seattle Mariners), the one gamers to homer in eight straight video games.
The ball was hit so arduous, Votto settled for a single that put runners on the corners with none out.
However then Seth Lugo struck out the subsequent two batters and left-hander Aaron Loup picked off Votto at first base, resulting in Kyle Farmer getting tagged out in a rundown between third and residential.
Cincinnati had one other nice probability within the tenth with runners on the corners and no one out earlier than Edwin Díaz (4-4) fanned Farmer after which whiffed Votto with a 99 mph fastball above the strike zone.
Tyler Naquin lined out to heart discipline, and a fired-up Díaz headed for the dugout.
Farmer hit a solo homer and Eugenio Suárez had a three-run shot because the Reds constructed a 4-1 lead in opposition to 41-year-old lefty Wealthy Hill, who went 5 innings in his second begin for the Mets since being traded from Tampa Bay.
Báez’s two-run homer within the sixth energized the Citi Subject crowd of 26,477 and pulled New York inside one.
The 2-time All-Star launched a 1-2 cutter from starter Wade Miley to left discipline for his twenty third homer of the season. Báez took an extended take a look at his drive at residence plate and tossed his bat apart earlier than circling the bases. With followers chanting “Ja-vy! Ja-vy!” he got here out of the dugout for a curtain name and raised each arms to spur on the gang.
Báez was acquired Friday from the Chicago Cubs in an enormous deal simply earlier than baseball’s commerce deadline. New York additionally acquired pitcher Trevor Williams and money for outfield prospect Pete Crow-Armstrong.
El Mago grew to become the thirtieth participant to homer in his Mets debut.
The flashy shortstop was greeted with a number of heat ovations Saturday, together with throughout pregame introductions and even when he caught a simple popup for his first probability on protection.
Along with his clutch hit, Smith charged in for a sprawling catch in left discipline to rob Miley of a success that will have scored two runs within the fourth.
In a 40-minute pregame ceremony on the sphere, the Mets inducted left-hander Jon Matlack, right-hander Ron Darling and infielder Edgardo Alfonzo into the membership’s Corridor of Fame.
Al Jackson was posthumously honored with the Mets Corridor of Fame Achievement Award for contributions to the group.
Former teammates readily available for the festivities included Ed Kranepool, Keith Hernandez, Carlos Baerga, Rey Ordóñez, Mike Piazza and a white-haired Bobby Valentine.
“They lastly discovered a strategy to get me out of the woods,” mentioned the 71-year-old Matlack, who lives upstate. “It’s good to see the town once more.”
Reds: The plan is for reliever Lucas Sims (proper elbow) to make a pair extra minor league rehab appearances, together with back-to-back outings, earlier than probably rejoining the Reds towards the top of subsequent week. However supervisor David Bell mentioned timeframes could possibly be sped up for a number of rehabbing gamers, together with INF Mike Moustakas (bruised proper heel) and OF Nick Senzel (left knee), in the event that they preserve feeling this good.
Mets: OF Brandon Nimmo sat out after feeling a pinch in his hamstring making a diving catch within the eighth inning Friday evening. New York supervisor Luis Rojas wasn’t certain earlier than the sport if Nimmo could be accessible off the bench.
The Mets formally optioned Williams to Triple-A Syracuse. LHP Anthony Banda was designated for task, and RHP Akeem Bostick was assigned outright to Syracuse.
Rookie RHP Vladimir Gutiérrez (5-3, 4.75 ERA) begins Sunday for Cincinnati within the sequence finale in opposition to RHP Marcus Stroman (7-9, 2.63).
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