The New York Mets completed the fourth-largest comeback in franchise history with an 8-6 win over the Miami Marlins on Monday at Citi Field.
The Mets trailed 6-0 after manager Terry Collins pulled Matt Harvey after he allowed six runs (five earned) and 11 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
New York tied the game at 6 in the seventh inning on a Wilmer Flores sac fly, then took the lead on Yoenis Cespedes' two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning.
"Yo did what he's supposed to do in big situations," Collins said. "He came through with a big hit."
The Mets lost three games to the first-place Nationals last week, but have since rallied to win five games in a row, sweeping the Cubs and winning Monday against the Marlins.
"We talked to the team before the Cubs series and I said we've got a lot of games. We've got 11 games," Collins said. "And then we get a nice little rest. But we got to grind it for 11 days. And if we do, we'll be OK where we're sitting going into the break. And so far they've done that."
Down 6-0 in the fourth inning, Travis d'Arnaud hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning that sparked an uptick in Collins' bench.
"After Travis hit the home run, there was a lot of noise in the dugout," Collins said. "Just peck away here, and we did peck away and get back in the game."
Curtis Granderson homered the next inning, and d'Arnaud, Kelly Johnson, James Loney and Flores each drove in runs with sacrifices and base hits to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.
"I wish it was in a different way," said Harvey, who had his second-shortest outing of the season. "It wasn't fun being out there while I was, but it was obviously fun watching the team battle back like that. It showed a lot of character and a lot of heart."
In the eighth inning, Cespedes clubbed a 97-mph fastball from Fernando Rodney for a go-ahead double in the eighth inning to give the Mets the lead for good.
Rodney, acquired from the Padres last Thursday, had allowed just two runs in 32 2/3 innings before facing Cespedes.
"This was the bullpens' game to lose and we lost it," said Marlins reliever Kyle Barraclough, who gave up two runs and three hits and a walk in the sixth inning. "None of us did our job. We just have to come back better tomorrow, ready to go. This was - for myself - especially pathetic."
New York enters Tuesday four games back of the Nationals, but with a two-game lead over the Cardinals for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.
Six days ago, I felt the Mets' 2016 season was inches from going up in flames. Then, on the holiday weekend, fireworks, home cooking and an amazing comeback. Five wins later, the Mets are back to being a playoff team. With three games coming up against the Nationals later this week, they'll get another crack at catching first place before the All Star break. And, they're staying afloat without getting great performances from their starting pitchers.
The point is, it's important to remember to sit down and just watch the show. If last season taught us anything, it's that there is no point in trying to predict the end of this script. The Mets clearly like plot twists, and that's fine. It's more fun that way.