Mets break improbable seven-run deficit to win over Phillies on seven runs in the ninth inning

Thursday night’s Mets-Phillies fight at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia was one of those where fans could leave early, knowing they’d seen all the relevant action in the game.

At least that’s how it looked until the ninth inning, when the Mets stormed back with one of the most unlikely comebacks we’ll ever see. Ron Darling, Mets color commentator and baseball lifer, even said he’s “never seen anything like it” to wrap up the show.

The Phillies scored four runs in the first inning. In the second they got another one. When Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos hit homers in the fourth straight, the Phillies were 7-0.

The score remained largely unchanged through the ninth inning, save for a solo home run by Starling Marte that put it 7-1 to the Phillies. The Phillies’ winning probability would remain at 99 percent from the top of the fifth to a few batters in the ninth.

Phillies reliever James Norwood was hired to play the garbage man. All he had to do was record three outs before spitting out six runs. He would pick up just one before things got dicey and Phillies manager Joe Girardi had to go to his closer Corey Gag.

The bleeding didn’t stop there. The Mets would score seven runs in the ninth before their closer Edwin Díaz had to face just three batters to pin the defense.

The bottom line: Mets win, 8-7.

It all started quite harmlessly. Marte peaked on an infield single. But then Francisco Lindor scored to make it 7:3. Pete Alonso followed with a double. After a lineout by Eduardo Escobar, Jeff McNeil singled. As Girardi flew on deck, Girardi summoned gags. Mark Canha grabbed an infield single that Alonso scored, but then Dom Smith struck. It was two outs, with the Phillies holding on to a 7-4 lead.

Even after all that, it should still have been over. The Phillies still had a 97 percent chance of winning it.

But then JD Davis McNeil doubled home and it was 7-5 with the runners in second and third place and it was starting to feel like a possibility.

Brandon Nimmo tied the game to a single. And then Marte almost went deep again, but it was enough for a go-ahead brace.

In the span of 29 pitches, the Mets hit seven runs with eight hits. This is the first time since 1997 that the Mets have come through a six-run deficit and won in the ninth inning. by Sarah Langs.

The Mets are now 19-9, holders of the highest winning total in baseball. The Phillies fall to 11-15. Mets break improbable seven-run deficit to win over Phillies on seven runs in the ninth inning

Justin Scacco

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