Frazier hits walk-off homer, Mets win 2 over Marlins



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14 Sep 2018, 09:22 IST
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NEW YORK (AP) — On the day that Mets captain David Wright introduced he’ll return to play his final large league recreation throughout New York’s ultimate homestand, Todd Frazier did his fellow third baseman proud.

Michael Conforto and Frazier hit back-to-back homers with two outs within the ninth inning to offer New York a 4-Three victory within the first recreation of a doubleheader, and the Mets went on to comb the Marlins, successful the nightcap 5-2 on Thursday.

New York had been held to only two hits earlier than the dramatic homers, together with beginning pitcher Steven Matz’s first profession residence run.

The final Mets third baseman to hit a walk-off homer was Wright in 2008. The seven-time All-Star is anticipated to be activated from the 60-day disabled listing when the group returns residence Sept. 25, and is slated to start out on Sept. 29 towards Miami. Wright has not performed within the majors since Could 2016.

“He is one of many biggest Mets to play right here,” Frazier stated. “He’ll go down as one of many higher third basemen to ever play this recreation. So he deserves all of the accolades. And that is Mr. Met proper there. So it is superior to be part of that. That is fairly cool, particularly being a 3rd baseman.”

Though he is not formally retiring, Wright isn’t anticipated to play once more after this season due to debilitating neck, again and shoulder accidents which have plagued him for years.

“He was our chief,” Conforto stated. “I am wanting ahead to taking part in with him once more no less than another time, taking the sphere with him, and I am excited for that. It will be enjoyable.”

The Mets have hit 14 homers of their final seven video games. It was the fourth time they’ve swept a doubleheader at Citi Area, which opened in 2009, and the primary time in seven years.

New York took three of 4 within the sequence and has gained 9 of 12.

Conforto drove in three extra runs within the nightcap, and Jason Vargas pitched six efficient innings.

Conforto clubbed a double in entrance of the guests’ bullpen in right-center area within the fifth inning, scoring two runs and placing New York in entrance 3-2. The recent-hitting outfielder added an RBI single within the seventh.

“We now have to capitalize on errors and he is positively doing that proper now,” supervisor Mickey Callaway stated.

Rookie Tomas Nido bought New York on the board within the fifth inning of recreation two together with his first large league homer, a solo shot into the left area seats off Jeff Brigham. Vargas and Amed Rosario adopted with consecutive singles, chasing Jeff Brigham (0-2) for reliever Jarlin Garcia.

Vargas (6-9) allowed two runs on three hits, walked two, hit a batter and struck out seven. The veteran left-hander is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA over his final six begins.

Seth Lugo hurled two scoreless innings in aid, fanning the primary 5 Marlins he confronted. Robert Gsellman labored round a two-out stroll within the ninth for his 11th save.

Lugo tied a franchise document by hanging out no less than 5 batters in consecutive aid appearances and is simply the third reliever since no less than 1908 with consecutive outings of two innings pitched or shorter with 5 or extra strikeouts.

Brigham led off the third together with his first large league hit, a single up the center. Miguel Rojas adopted together with his 11th homer, driving a 2-1 fastball into the decrease deck in left-center area to offer Miami a 2-Zero benefit.

The Marlins managed only one extra hit the remainder of the sport.


The opener was the primary time in franchise historical past that the Mets hit back-to-back homers for a walk-off win, in response to Elias. The Mets have 5 game-ending homers on this in any other case forgettable season. Solely the 1962 and 1963 groups had extra, with six.

Embattled reliever Kyle Barraclough entered with one out within the ninth and retired Dominic Smith earlier than Conforto lined a 1-Zero changeup into the second deck in proper to tie the sport. Frazier adopted by hitting a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left-center area, prompting his teammates to hurry from the dugout and mob the veteran third baseman as he crossed residence.

“I hoped that Michael bought on. He did his job, and in my thoughts I used to be attempting to hit a house run,” Frazier stated. “These not often occur. Bought a pitch to hit and sort of squeaked one over, so we’ll take it.”

Barraclough (0-6) blew a save for the seventh time in 17 alternatives.

Jerry Blevins (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.


The Mets weren’t the one ones completely happy that Wright will go well with up for one final recreation.

“I am glad that he will get again and have the ability to play,” stated Marlins supervisor Don Mattingly, a six-time All-Star and former MVP who additionally handled debilitating again accidents. “I do not know his entire street, however I do know it has been a tough one the previous few years.”


Marlins: OF Austin Dean was a late scratch from the primary recreation due to nausea. He sat out the nightcap.

Mets: C Devin Mesoraco (bulging disk in again) is sort of pain-free and may very well be near returning, Callaway stated.


Marlins: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (6-10, 4.72 ERA) opens a weekend sequence in Philadelphia on Friday evening.

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (11-3, 3.44) takes on baseball’s greatest group Friday as New York heads to Fenway Park for a three-game set towards the Boston Purple Sox. Syndergaard is 5-1 over his final seven begins.

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