Mets Floor Phillies with 7-run 9th, Marte Caps 8-7 win

PHILADELPHIA — The New York Mets went from a six-run deficit in the ninth inning and capped the rally with Starling Marte’s tie double to beat the stunned Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 on Thursday night.

With the Mets trailing 7-1, Marte led the inning with an infield single against James Norwood and scored on Francisco Lindor’s two-run homer. Mark Canha added an RBI infield single that clanged pitcher Corey Knebel (0-2), and JD Davis had an RBI double that hit a pinch to rally the NL East-leading Mets.

Brandon Nimmo then lined a two-run tie to center gag. He came around to score when Marte ripped a double off the wall in midfield. Marte also had a solo homer in the sixth.

It marks the first time since September 13, 1997, that New York in ninth place was at least six runs behind to win when Carl Everett hit a two-out tie Grand Slam in ninth place and the Mets beat the Montreal Expos an extra innings.


Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos homers for the Phillies, and Aaron Nola hit seven sharp innings. The Phillies have lost five out of six.

It looked like Nola would get his second win as the Mets came to bat in the ninth after hitting just one run in three hits.

Edwin Diaz made his sixth save in seven chances for a scoreless ninth place. Adonis Medina (1-0) allowed one hit in 2 2/3 innings scoreless.

Philadelphia jumped Taijuan Walker for four runs in the first inning.

Harper had an RBI double, JT Realmuto and Jean Segura added RBI singles, and Castellanos had a run-scoring groundout. The Phillies were helped early in the inning by a costly error by shortstop Lindor on Alec Bohm’s grounder.

Philadelphia went 7-0 in the fourth with back-to-back homers from Harper and Castellanos.

Walker, who was only making his third start due to a stint on the injured list with a shoulder injury, lasted just four innings and gave up six earned runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks. All three of his games were against Philadelphia.



Phillies: Castellanos left the game in the sixth inning after being hit by an 86-mph pass from Medina. Castellanos has a bruise on his right wrist. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day, the Phillies said.


Mets RHP Max Scherzer (4-0, 2.61) will take on Phillies RHP Kyle Gibson (2-1, 2.93) in the second game of the four-game set Friday night.


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