The Mets held on for a 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night at Citi Field. >> Box score
Five Takeaways from Tuesday's game
1) The Diamondbacks took an early lead off of Zack Wheeler. Ketel Marte singled to lead off the game, and after stealing second without a throw, came around to score on an RBI single by Eduardo Escobar. Wheeler did strike out Christian Walker and Josh Rojas to end the inning, but not before the Diamondbacks took a first-inning lead.
2) After that iffy first inning, though, Wheeler was fantastic. He scattered seven hits over seven innings of work, striking out seven while walking two. His night came to an end after 104 pitches. Wheeler has been tremendous for the Mets lately, allowing just three combined earned runs in his last three starts.
3) Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the second inning, Todd Frazier delivered with a line-drive rope down the left-field line. Both Robinson Cano and Amed Rosario came around to score, with Rosario sliding in just ahead of the Alex Avila tag. The play at the plate was reviewed, but Rosario was indeed safe at the plate, giving the Mets' a two-run lead.
Frazier added to his night at the plate in the fourth, doubling again to score Cano and extending the Mets' lead to 3-1.
4) With a two-run lead in the eighth inning, the Mets turned the ball over to Brad Brach. After forcing Wilmer Flores to ground out, Brach allowed a solo home run to Escobar, his 34th of the season. Brach then retired Christian Walker on a flyout before being pulled for Justin Wilson, who allowed a walk and a stolen base before forcing Adam Jones to ground out to end the threat.
In the ninth inning, Mickey Callaway kept Wilson on the mound to start the inning. Nick Ahmed fell behind 0-2 before fighting back and hitting a single up the middle, putting the tying run on. Carson Kelly then bounced out to first, advancing Ahmed to second. Kevin Cron singled to left, making it first and third for the D-backs with one out. Marte then hit a ball to first base that Pete Alonso smothered and got the out at first, but it easily could have been a double play. With runners at second and third and two outs, Flores went down swinging to end the game.
5) Jeff McNeil had an uncharacteristic night at the plate, going 0-4 with three strikeouts and three left on base. D-backs starter Zac Gallen became the first starting pitcher to strike McNeil out three times in the same start.
The Mets and Diamondbacks continue their four-game set on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. Steven Matz (9-8, 4.00 ERA) faces off against fellow lefty Robbie Ray (12-7, 4.03 ERA).