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Mets Blow Six-Run Lead in Bottom of the Ninth After Scoring Five in the Top Half


WASHINGTON — Kurt Suzuki capped the largest ninth-inning comeback in Nationals history with a game-ending, three-run homer, helping Washington score seven runs in its final at-bat to beat the Mets, 11-10, on Tuesday night.

Mets relievers Paul Sewald, Luis Avilan and Edwin Diaz pitched through the meltdown, retiring just one Nationals batter while Washington rallied for its 20th win in 26 games.

The Mets led by 10-4 after scoring five runs in the top of the ninth. Wilson Ramos extended his hitting streak to 26 games and Pete Alonso crushed his 44th home run to put the Mets in position for a victory against the Nationals, who hold the top spot in the National League wild-card race.

Mets Manager Mickey Callaway lifted reliever Seth Lugo after he pitched a perfect eighth inning, even though Lugo is routinely used to get six outs.

Sewald allowed four hits to his five batters, including Trea Turner’s run-scoring double and Anthony Rendon’s R.B.I. single. Avilan allowed a single to load the bases, and then Diaz (1-7) relieved and allowed a two-run double to pinch-hitter Ryan Zimmerman, followed by Suzuki’s blast.

Suzuki pointed into the home dugout before rounding first base, pumped his fist at second and was swarmed by teammates at home plate. It was his 16th home run of the season.

Javy Guerra (3-1) retired the only batter he faced to end the Mets’ ninth.

Washington is the first team to allow five or more runs in the top of the ninth and get even more in the bottom of the inning for a walk-off victory since the Boston Red Sox did so on June 18, 1962, against the Washington Senators, according to STATS. The Nationals/Expos franchise had never won a game after trailing by at least six runs in the ninth or later.

The Mets’ five-run ninth was aided by Turner, the Nationals’ shortstop, who apparently forgot how many outs there were and passed on a possible double-play grounder, instead throwing to first.

The game began as a duel between the most recent N.L. Cy Young Award winners. Washington’s Max Scherzer allowed four runs and five hits while striking out seven in six innings, the longest of his three starts since coming off the injured list last month.

The Mets’ Jacob deGrom was in firm control for much of his outing, which ended in the eighth after Rendon’s infield single and Juan Soto’s two-run blast to right-center pulled Washington to 5-4. In seven innings, deGrom yielded four runs and struck out six.

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Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (torn left hamstring) was activated from the injured list less than a month after sustaining what had the potential to be a season-ending injury. “I don’t want to say that I’m surprised because I worked really hard,” Cano said. “I’m just happy to be back right now.”


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