Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Travis Taijeron singled home Juan Lagares with one out in the ninth inning to complete the Mets' rally from a 3-0 deficit. Kevin Plawecki singled to start the frame and Dominic Smith walked. Amed Rosario struck out after failing to get a bunt down before Taijeron's walk-off hit.
2) Plawecki's two-run homer off R.A. Dickey in the seventh ignited New York's offense and Asdrubal Cabrera's sacrifice fly tied the game in the eighth. Brandon Nimmo singled, doubled and scored a run for New York, which entered the seventh with just two hits.
3) Rafael Montero allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. The Braves scored three times in the first two frames against the right-hander, who surrendered two walks and hit a batter while striking out three.
Postgame reaction from Michael Baron...
After falling behind early, the Mets didn't show a lot of life early on in this game. But they woke up late, took advantage of some mistakes, and squeaked by for a feel-good win at a time when the tone around the club is unquestionably down.
The line on Montero looked ok, but watching him tonight - specifically early - was an all-too familiar scene. Per usual, a lot of his struggles were self-induced thanks to nibbling around the zone, and using his secondary pitches conservatively to try and fight his way back into counts. That led to predictable fastballs, and he got burned. But again, short of a handful of starts lately, that's been Montero's story for years and until he regularly attacks hitters, it's just not going to work for him here.
Meanwhile, R.A. Dickey was partying like it was 2012 over the first six innings tonight. He was brilliant, dazzling the Mets with his various knuckleballs and his out-pitch, the 80 mile-per-hour fastball. This performance brought back memories of that magical 2012 season when he was probably the best pitcher in baseball. And to top it off, he tipped his cap to the cheering Mets fans tonight, which was awesome. And so, if this is the end of the line for Dickey, this performance was a hell of a way to go out on. >> To follow Baron on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The win was the Mets' fifth walk-off victory of the season and their first since Wilmer Flores' ninth-inning homer against the A's on July 22.
Plawecki is hitting .294 (20-for-68) with three homers and nine RBIs in 23 games since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on Aug. 19.
Since Aug. 27, Nimmo is batting .303 with seven doubles, five homers, 16 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 29 games.
Jeurys Familia (2-2) worked around a single in the ninth to pick up his first win since May 8 against San Francisco.
The Mets (68-90) play their final home game of the season against the Braves (71-86) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Robert Gsellman (7-7, 5.38 ERA, 1.52 WHIP) makes his last start of 2017 in the series finale. The 24-year-old allowed six runs -- five earned -- over four innings during a no-decision against the Nationals last Friday. Gsellman surrendered an unearned run in seven innings to pick up a win over the Braves on Sept. 17, his third of the season against Atlanta.
Sean Newcomb (4-8, 4.26 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) toes the rubber for the Braves looking to win a third straight game. The southpaw surrendered has surrendered two runs over 5 1/3 innings in each of his last two starts, including a 3-2 victory over the Mets on Sept. 15. Newcomb made his Major League debut against New York on June 11 and has posted a 1.54 ERA in two starts against them this season.