Trailing by two in the bottom of the 11th, Asdrubal Cabrera launched a game-winning three-run homer to give the Mets a wild, 9-8 win over the Phillies on Thursday night at Citi Field.
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- After the Phillies took an 8-6 lead in the top of the inning, pinch-hitter Michael Conforto walked with one out and Jose Reyes singled. Cabrera, who went 3-for-6, took a 1-0 pitch over the fence in right for his 22nd home run of the season and his fourth career walk-off homer.
- Trailing by two in the ninth, pinch-hitter Brandon Nimmo reached on a single and Reyes evened the score with his eighth home run.
- One day after throwing 30 pitches and taking the loss, Jeurys Familia was on the hook again after allowing a two-out bloop single to A.J. Ellis that put Philadelphia ahead. Jim Henderson (2-2), who walked in a run in the 11th before ending the inning, ultimately picked up the win.
- Pitching for the third consecutive day, Addison Reed allowed Maikel Franco's three-run homer in the eighth to give the Phillies a 6-4 lead and retired just one of the five batters he faced.
- Seth Lugo allowed a run in the fourth and two more on back-to-back homers by Ryan Howard and Cameron Rupp in the fifth. He was charged with three runs on four hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five frames.
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Terry Collins on the Mets' resiliency: "It's easy to forget because, when you're leading with whatever pennant thing you're in…everybody expects perfection. They don't realize what it takes to get there and the sacrifices you make. We were in San Francisco not very long ago, we were two games under .500. But we're sitting where we are today because they're resilient."
Collins on Cabrera: "He's such a professional. He knows how to take care of himself. … He's another huge piece to this team. If he wasn't around I don't know where we'd be."
Cabrera on his homer: "As soon as I hit it I knew it's going to be out. So I was just excited."
Reyes on the win: "I can't even explain it, man. I'm still excited about the game. Coming from behind like that, that's what a good team does."
News and notes…
- The Mets used a club-record 27 players to win their first game in 64 chances when trailing after eight innings. They moved a half-game in front of the idle Cardinals and temporarily in front of the Giants, who are playing the Padres in San Diego.
- New York's 61 multi-homer games are the most in baseball.
- Cabrera is hitting .365 with nine homers, 22 RBIs and 20 runs scored in his last 32 games.
- Curtis Granderson's 29th home run of the season gave the Mets a 2-0 lead in the second. Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-4 with a pair of two-out RBI hits. He tied the game with a single in the fifth and gave the Mets a short-lived lead with a double in the seventh. Cespedes has 21 RBIs in 19 games against the Phillies as a Met.
- Lucas Duda pinch-hit in the 10th and missed a game-winning homer by inches as it hooked foul.
- Reed had not allowed an earned run in his last 12 appearances. The three runs he allowed were a season high.
The Mets (81-72) will look to get a winning streak going as they continue their series with the Phillies (69-84) from Citi Field on Friday at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Gabriel Ynoa (1-0, 9.00 ERA, 1.80 WHIP) makes his second start after fanning eight in 4 2/3 innings against the Twins last Sunday. Jeremy Hellickson (12-9, 3.57 ERA, 1.46 WHIP) surrendered five runs in four innings against the Mets on Aug. 27 but he is coming off a shutout against Miami on Monday.