The Mets found some two-out magic in the eighth inning, and Zack Wheeler went seven innings in the Mets' 5-4 victory on Friday night at Chase Field >> Box score
Five things to know about Friday's game
1) The Mets benefited from a wild eighth inning. With two outs and nobody on, Todd Frazier blooped a single into right field. After an Adeiny Hechavarria single, J.D. Davis was called upon as a pinch-hitter in a huge spot. With runners on the corner and two outs, Davis dribbled an infield single to second base, off the glove of Arizona pitcher Matt Andriese, tying the game at 4-4. The next batter, Carlos Gomez, lined a pinch-hit double down the third-base line. The ball was picked up inadvertently by a staff member, but it was enough to score Frazier and give the Mets the lead.
2) The sixth inning was the real trouble spot for the Mets on Thursday night. Leading 3-1 heading into the inning, Ketel Marte led off with a home run to right, and a couple of batters later, Christian Walker destroyed a ball into the second deck in left. Wheeler gave the Mets seven innings, striking out nine.
3) The Mets started an early rally in the second inning. After a Michael Conforto walk, Wilson Ramos singled inside the third-base line, moving Conforto up to third. Frazier singled up the middle to put the Mets up 1-0. Adeiny Hechavarria then tagged a two-run double off the center-field wall, putting the Mets up 3-0 in the early going.
4) Seth Lugo, returning from the Injured List, pitched around a ball misplayed by Gomez in center that turned into an Eduardo Escobar triple to hold the Mets' lead into the ninth. Robert Gsellman then came in to pitch the ninth with Edwin Diaz unavailable, and Gsellman earned his first save of the season.
5) Wheeler attempted to help his own cause with his bat, as well. The 29-year-old laced his ninth hit of the season, a double into the left-center gap, to lead off the top of the fifth inning. The Mets couldn't get him home though, as he was left stranded at second base. He's now hitting .321 on the year.
The Mets and Diamondbacks play the second of their three-game set on Saturday at 10:10 p.m. Jacob deGrom (3-5, 5.71 ERA) goes against Zach Greinke (6-2, 2.78 ERA).