Wilmer Flores' pinch-hit bloop single in the 10th inning with the bases loaded drove in the game-winning run as the Mets beat the Pirates, 6-5, on Wednesday night.
Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker started the inning with consecutive singles. James Loney advanced them with a sacrifice bunt and Asdrubal Cabrera was intentionally walked, after which Flores stepped to the plate.
"I wanted to stay up the middle against him but the ball got up on me a little bit," Flores later explained. "Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good."
Michael Conforto tied the game with a two-run home run in the eighth inning.
"It was definitely a big win for us, with all things that have been happening and going on," Flores added. "To come in and win this game is huge for us."
The Mets entered the game having lost three in a row and seven of their last 10.
It was assumed the Mets would give Flores a chance to prove himself as an everyday first baseman, after Lucas Duda went on the DL. But, then David Wright also got hurt. So, the Mets acquired James Loney and gave Wilmer another a crack at third base, where he's hit at the same pace he did last season. However, in an ironic twist, it wasn't until he returned to the bench (his original role this season) last night, and served as a pinch hitter, that he made the most of his opportunity in a truly big moment.
Now, with Kelly Johnson about to be added to the roster, Flores will again need to 'sing for his supper,' likely splitting time with Johnson at third base. I expect Terry Collins will simply 'play the hot hand,' as the Mets continue to try and fill in the voids left by the injured Wright and Duda.