Mets Rally Late to Clinch Fourth Straight Series Win Over Pirates

The Mets secure their 4th straight series win with a comeback 3-1 victory over the Pirates, showcasing their resilience and positioning themselves atop the competitive NL East.

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Emmanuel Abara Benson
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Mets Rally Late to Clinch Fourth Straight Series Win  Over Pirates

Mets Rally Late to Clinch Fourth Straight Series Win Over Pirates

Key Takeaways

  • The Mets won 3-1 against the Pirates, securing 4th straight series victory.
  • The Mets rallied in the 7th inning, overcoming a 1-0 deficit with 3 runs.
  • Mets improved to 9-8, above .500 for the first time since June 2022.
  • The Mets bullpen combined for 4 scoreless innings to close out the win.
  • Mets' strong start positions them atop the competitive NL East division.

The New York Mets secured their fourth consecutive series victory with a come-from-behind 3-1 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night at Citi Field. Despite a strong start from Pirates rookie pitcher Jared Jones, who struck out seven over five scoreless innings, the Mets rallied in the seventh inning to take the lead for good.

The Mets found themselves trailing 1-0 entering the bottom of the seventh. However, Joey Wendle, who replaced an injured Brett Baty at third base, delivered a game-tying RBI double off Pirates reliever Luis L. Ortiz. The Mets then took the lead on a balk by Jose Hernandez, scoring Pete Alonso from third. Jeff McNeil added an insurance run with an RBI double to make it 3-1.

Mets starter Jose Quintana held the Pirates to one earned run over five solid innings. The Mets bullpen took it from there, with Reed Garrett, Jorge Lopez, and Drew Smith combining for four scoreless innings to close out the victory. Smith earned his first save of the season.

The win improved the Mets' record to 9-8 on the young season, marking the first time they have been above .500 since last June. The Mets have now won nine of their last 12 games after starting the season 0-5. They have overcome deficits in six of their nine wins this year, showcasing their resilience and never-say-die attitude.

Why this matters: The Mets' strong start to the season has them positioned atop the competitive National League East division. Their ability to consistently win series and mount comebacks bodes well for their postseason aspirations as they look to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

"Different guys are stepping up each night," Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said after the game. "The camaraderie and the ability to pick each other up has been huge for us. We've faced a tough schedule to start the year, but these guys never give up and always believe we have a chance to win."

The Mets will look to keep their winning ways going as they set out on a six-game West Coast road trip starting Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. With key players like Brandon Nimmo and DJ Stewart shaking off early-season slumps and the pitching staff performing well despite injuries, the Mets appear poised to be a force in the National League this season.