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Seven Deadly Wins (Mets at Rangers; 06.18.24)

Ross James/ALOST

akoiki-passport2 – by Adesina O. Koiki
A Lot of Sports Talk editor-in-chief

ARLINGTON, TEXAS — One night after showing their capabilities in bludgeoning an opponent offensively, the New York Mets turned around and proved that they also have a flair for the dramatic. No matter the fashion of victory, the Mets continue to stack victories during this seismic turnaround that has quickly turned them into a legitimate playoff contender.

Pete Alonso hit a tie-breaking RBI double in the top of the ninth inning as New York rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat the Texas Rangers 7-6 inside Globe Life Field, the Mets’ seventh consecutive victory. Brandon Nimmo, who scored the game-winning run on Alonso’s double, hit a solo homer to begin the comeback in the sixth, while Mark Vientos and Francisco Alvarez each had three hits for New York, who have won 11 of its last 13 contests to move to within two games of the .500 mark.

“Every bit of us could have just rolled over and been like, oh, we’re playing good baseball right now,” Nimmo said. “It’s a really special place we’re in right now. Everybody’s pulling for each other and we’re trying to be there for each other. … Just be relentless and never give up.”

With one out in the ninth and the game tied at 6-6, Nimmo drew a walk from Rangers closer Kirby Yates. J.D. Martinez then reached on a catcher’s interference, setting up the stage for Alonso’s heroics. New York’s first baseman yanked a Yates’ 1-0 splitter down the left-field line and past a diving Ezequiel Duran at third base, scoring Nimmo to give the Mets their first lead since the top of the fifth, at 2-1.

“Regardless of the deficit, we’re just looking to put together quality at-bats and progressively chip away,” Alonso said.

In the Mets’ six victories prior to tonight, the largest deficit they had to overcome to win was just two runs, but the Rangers put New York in a hole after a five-run fifth inning that was highlighted off by a three-run home run by Josh Smith off Mets starter Luis Severino. Two batters later, rookie Wyatt Langford hit a solo shot to give the Rangers that 6-2 advantage.

But New York chipped away, starting with Nimmo’s homer to lead off the sixth. New York received a gift run in the seventh, as Francisco Lindor, who was batting with the bases loaded and one out, grounded a ball right to Rangers shortstop Corey Seager in what should have been an inning-ending double play. After stepping on second base for the second out, Seager’s throw to first base was off line and not able to be dug out of the dirt by Nathaniel Lowe, allowing Lindor to reach and Mark Vientos to score the Mets’ fourth run.

With two outs and two on in the eighth, Alvarez lined a two-run double into the left-centerfield gap to score Alonso and Starling Marte to tie the game.

“Tough one. No getting around it, we let that one get away,” Rangers manager Bruce Bochy said. “We had our guys set up. … These are games that I like my chances. It just got away.”

*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Tuesday evening’s game, with photos taken by ALOST staff photographer Ross James. After clicking on a photo to enlarge the picture, press the left and right arrow buttons on either side of the caption to scroll through the rest of the pictures that appear on the first page. Also, click on the numbers and/or arrow appearing immediately below the picture grid to load the next set of photos. There are 36 pictures in total.

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