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Aaron Harang struck out eight and walked three, giving up four runs (three earned) in five innings.
Juan Centeno made his major league debut filling in for Travis d’Arnaud and went 2-4, driving in a run in the ninth inning.
After a rough night yesterday, the bullpen threw four hitless innings, striking out six.
Ruben Tejada came out of the game after a collision with Andrew Brown in the ninth inning. He was later diagnosed with a broken right fibula.
To get a full recap and boxscore, check out this link to SNY.TV.
Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
I’ve never been so relieved to have to throw away almost an entire recap draft. The Mets needed this as badly as the rest of us, the first legitimately exciting inning in a long time. It was a great moment for Satin, who looked solid at the plate all night. But the comeback was truly a team effort. Brown and Lagares both reached on walks before a Lutz double and a Centeno single brought them within 1 run. Den Dekker worked a fantastic plate appearance to draw a walk and load the bases. With 2 outs and a 1-2 count, Satin turned on a fastball and laced a line-drive to left.
The comeback was all the more meaningful considering the frustrating, stagnant play they had shown earlier. They seemed completely drained for 8 innings, complementing their customary dreadful hitting with lackadaisical fielding. I had many words written for this piece about how defeated they looked and how hard it was to watch and there’s every probability I may be rewriting it next week. But they looked like a different team when that 9th inning started and that team was fun. They were more energized, more aggressive, though also more patient just when they needed to be. Casilla and Romo are both having excellent years, but Mets hitters caught every mistake and made them pay.
One other thing that made this victory a little extra sweet is that Citi Field has been invaded by hordes of roaming SF fans and it’s been a bit sad at games to hear more cheering for the men in gray than the home pinstripes. Hearing the roar when Anthony Recker (in his first and presumably last career appearance as a pinch-runner) came home as the winning run, even from my living room it felt like we had taken Citi back from The Other Guys. And maybe we give it right back tomorrow, and the season ends the way it started (spoiler alert: lots of losing). But maybe it doesn’t and our last dozen baseball games are good ones.
W.B. Mason Post Game Extra
Tomorrow at 1:10pm ET, the Mets conclude their 3-game series against the Giants, with Jon Niese (7-7, 3.88 ERA) facing Madison Bumgarner (12-9, 2.83 ERA).