Brandon Nimmo's two-run homer highlighted a four-run ninth inning as the Mets rallied to earn a split of their four-game series with the Diamondbacks, 5-3, on Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.
Things you should know about today's game...
1) Down to their last out, the Mets scored four times to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 edge. Jose Bautista had a pinch-hit RBI double in front of back-to-back home runs by Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera. Jose Reyes reached on a bunt single to start the rally after Diamondbacks' reliever Brad Boxberger retired the first two batters of the inning.
2) Wheeler set down the first 10 batters he faced only to allow the next four to reach safely resulting in two runs for the Diamondbacks. The right-hander retired the side in order four times and allowed three hits, two walks with eight strikeouts over six innings. Wheeler has completed six or more innings in seven of his last nine starts, but is winless in that span.
3) Todd Frazier had a first-inning sacrifice fly to account for the Mets' first run. Nimmo homered, doubled and singled. Cabrera singled in addition to his home run for his first multi-hit effort since May 29, a span of 15 games.
4) Jeurys Familia (3-3) picked up the win despite struggling in his return to the mound. He allowed a run on three hits and a walk in his first appearance since June 6. Robert Gsellman worked around an error in the ninth to earn his third save.
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After a one-day explosion that netted them five runs, the Mets were back to form Sunday afternoon ... until they weren't. In what can only be described as minor miracle, New York scored four times in the ninth to erase a 3-1 deficit. All the runs came after the first two batters of the inning had been retired. A timely bunt single by Jose Reyes, a clutch double by Jose Bautista -- which was almost and probably should have been caught -- and consecutive homers by Brandon Nimmo and Asdrubal Cabrera turned what was destined to be a loss into the best moment for the club in two months.
As noted below, the Mets' rotation has a 2.86 ERA over its last 27 games. The team is 8-19 in that span after today's win. Regardless of the ninth-inning uprising, that figure is so depressing to look at when viewed in the context of what the starters have done in that span. Zack Wheeler was the latest starter to shine and obviously deserved a better fate. His fastball was humming in at 98-99 on numerous occasions and he was squeezed on a pair of walks in the fourth inning that directly contributed to both runs against him. It's not an excuse. It happens and sometimes you need to overcome those things, but it did little to damper his overall start.
Two games, two wins ... one in dramatic fashion. It's something to build on, at the very least. I'm under no illusion about where this team is headed. But it would be nice to see them put together at least a a stretch of solid play that results in some positive outcomes. Hopefully it continues in Colorado...
News and notes...
The Mets improved to 2-31 when trailing after eight innings. They defeated the Phillies on May 11 when Michael Conforto and Devin Mesoraco hit back-to-back homers with two outs in the ninth.
The Mets won consecutive games for the first time since winning four straight from May 18-21. They are 2-5 on their 10-game road trip with four remaining against the Rockies.
New York finished with a winning record (5-2) against Arizona for the first time since 2015.
The Mets have homered 14 times in their last seven games and scored five or more runs in consecutive games for the first time since May 28-29. The four-run inning was their largest since May 27 against the Brewers.
Nimmo has 17 extra-base hits -- including eight homers -- and 13 RBIs in his last 24 games. He's gone deep a career-high 10 times this season.
The Mets' starters have posted a 2.86 ERA in their last 27 games, which is the lowest in the Majors. The club is 8-19 in that span.
Prior to the game, the Mets activated Familia from the 10-disabled list and optioned Jacob Rhame to Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets (30-38) face the Rockies (34-37) in the final leg of their 10-game road trip beginning Monday night at Coors Field at 8:30 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom (4-2, 1.55 ERA/1.98 FIP, 113 K, 1.008 WHIP) looks to continue his dominant run as he makes his 15th start of the season. The right-hander owns an MLB-best 0.87 ERA and has struck out 87 batters over 62 1/3 innings across his last 10 starts. DeGrom limited the Rockies to one run over eight innings in his lone start against them last year. He is 3-0 with 0.99 ERA in five career outings against Colorado.
Tyler Anderson (4-1, 4.48 ERA/4.55 FIP, 64 Ks, 1.305 WHIP) opens the series for the Rockies coming off back-to-back seven-inning outings in which he allowed three runs. The 28-year-old has a 5.15 ERA in five starts at home compared to a 4.08 mark in nine road starts. Anderson allowed one run over six innings of a no-decision in his only career start against the Mets in 2016.