Mets infielders Amed Rosario and Asdrubal Cabrera came up clutch late to lead New York to a 6-5 win over the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader at Nationals Park.
After Rosario hit a tiebreaking home run in the top of the eighth inning to give the Mets a lead, Cabrera threw out pinch runner Edwin Jackson at the plate to end the game.
Jackson, pinch running after Adam Lind drew a two-out walk off AJ Ramos, tried to score when Daniel Murphy lined a double to right field. Juan Lagares threw to the cutoff man Cabrera, who then threw a laser to catcher Travis d'Arnaud from short right field in time for d'Arnaud to block the plate and tag Jackson out.
"It was a perfect throw from the outfield," Jackson said, according to MLB.com's Jamal Collier. "From I'm guessing the second baseman, to home, perfect throw. Got me out at home."
The play was upheld after Nationals manager Dusty Baker called for a review.
While Cabrera's throw preserved the Mets win, Rosario gave them the lead for good with a solo home run off Joe Blanton with two outs in the top of the eighth inning.
"I don't worry about home runs, but he goes up there to swing and he's dangerous," manager Terry Collins said, according to Newsday's Marc Carig. "He plays the game the whole game and he plays to win. It's fun to see."
Rosario's home run, his fourth since being called up from Triple-A Las Vegas, gived the Mets their second lead of the game. They took a 5-0 lead on Cabrera's three-run home run in the first inning and Wilmer Flores' two-run home run in the third.
"I came from a league where I wasn't seeing pitches come at me this fast," Rosario said. "But I've adjusted and I think I'm doing better."