June 18, 2018 / 12:05 AM / 9 months ago

Down to last strike, Mets rally past Diamondbacks

Brandon Nimmo hit a go-ahead two-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning as the New York Mets rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Sunday at Chase Field.

The Mets were down to their last out and eventually their last strike before putting together a stirring rally off Brad Boxberger (1-3), who blew his third save.

Jose Reyes, who is hitting .165, started it with a bunt down the third base line that appeared to go foul. Instead, catcher Alex Avila fielded the ball and Reyes reached.

Jose Bautista was down to his last strike when he snapped a 0-for-14 skid by ripping a double to deep right. Right fielder Jon Jay made a lunging attempt to catch it but the ball deflected off his glove and Reyes easily scored from second following defensive indifference.

Two pitches later, Nimmo cracked his 10th homer by launching Boxberger’s 0-1 pitch well over the right-field fence for a 4-3 lead.

It was New York’s first go-ahead homer in the ninth or beyond when trailing since Lucas Duda did it on Sept. 27, 2014, against Houston’s Tony Sipp at Citi Field.

After Nimmo’s homer, Asdrubal Cabrera added insurance by driving Boxberger’s 1-1 changeup 421 feet over the center field fence and adjacent to the swimming pool.

The homers lifted the Mets to their second win in games when trailing after eight innings.

The homers also gave the Mets only their fifth win in the last 23 games.

Before scoring four times, Todd Frazier lifted a sacrifice fly in the first inning.

The Diamondbacks lost for the second time when leading after eight innings. Boxberger tied a career worst by allowing four runs for the fourth time and his first instance since Sept. 20, 2016, with Tampa Bay.

Jeurys Familia (3-3), who was activated off the disabled list before the game, gave up an RBI single to Jake Lamb in the eighth but was credited with the win when Nimmo homered.

Robert Gsellman notched his third save and survived first baseman Dominic Smith dropping the throw from Cabrera at second base on Avila’s grounder. The Mets challenged the call, but the ruling stood and Gsellman quickly finished the game with Paul Goldschmidt looming on deck.

David Peralta hit an RBI double and Ketel Marte had a run-scoring groundout in the fourth as Arizona lost for the sixth time in 20 games.

Long before the wild ninth, both starters pitched well.

In his sixth start with Arizona, Clay Buchholz held the Mets to one run and four hits in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three, walked two, and threw a season-high 88 pitches.

New York’s Zack Wheeler retired the first 10 hitters before walking Goldschmidt. Shortly after the walk to Goldschmidt, New York starting pitcher Jason Vargas was ejected by plate umpire Jim Reynolds for arguing balls and strikes from the bench.

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