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NEW YORK (AP) — On the day that Mets captain David Wright
announced he’ll return to play his last big league game during New York’s final
homestand ,
Todd Frazier did his fellow third baseman proud.Michael Conforto and Frazier hit
back-to-back homers with two outs in the ninth inning to give New York a 4-3
victory in the first game of a doubleheader, and the Mets went on to sweep the
Marlins, winning the nightcap 5-2 on Thursday.New York had been held to just two
hits before the dramatic homers, including starting pitcher Steven Matz’s first
career home run.The last Mets third baseman to hit a walk-off homer was Wright
in 2008. The seven-time All-Star is expected to be activated from the 60-day
disabled list when the team returns home Sept. 25, and is slated to start on
Sept. 29 against Miami. Wright has not played in the majors since May 2016.“He’s
one of the greatest Mets to play here,” Frazier said. “He’ll go down as one of
the better third basemen to ever play this game. So he deserves all the
accolades. And that’s Mr. Met right there. So it’s awesome to be a part of that.
That’s pretty cool, especially being a third baseman.”Although he’s not
officially retiring, Wright is not expected to play again after this season
because of debilitating neck, back and shoulder injuries that have plagued him
for years.“He was our leader,” Conforto said. “I’m looking forward to playing
with him again at least one more time, taking the field with him, and I’m
excited for that. It’s going to be fun.”The Mets have hit 14 homers in their
last seven games. It was the fourth time they’ve swept a doubleheader at Citi
Field, which opened in 2009, and the first time in seven years.New York took
three of four in the series and has won nine of 12.Conforto drove in three more
runs in the nightcap, and Jason Vargas pitched six effective innings.Conforto
clubbed a double in front of the visitors’ bullpen in right-center field in the
fifth inning, scoring two runs and putting New York in front 3-2. The
hot-hitting outfielder added an RBI single in the seventh.“We have to capitalize
on mistakes and he’s definitely doing that right now,” manager Mickey Callaway
said.Rookie Tomas Nido got New York on the board in the fifth inning of game two
with his first big league homer, a solo shot into the left field seats off Jeff
Brigham. Vargas and Amed Rosario followed with consecutive singles, chasing Jeff
Brigham (0-2) for reliever Jarlin Garcia.Vargas (6-9) allowed two runs on three
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, walked two, hit a batter and struck out
seven. The veteran left-hander is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA over his last six
starts.Seth Lugo hurled two scoreless innings in relief, fanning the first five
Marlins he faced. Robert Gsellman worked around a two-out walk in the ninth for
his 11th save.Lugo tied a franchise record by striking out at least five batters
in consecutive relief appearances and is just the third reliever since at least
1908 with consecutive outings of two innings pitched or shorter with five or
more strikeouts.Brigham led off the third with his first big league hit, a
single up the middle. Miguel Rojas followed with his 11th homer, driving a 2-1
fastball into the lower deck in left-center field to give Miami a 2-0
advantage.The Marlins managed just one more hit the rest of the game.LATE-INNING
MAGICThe opener was the first time in franchise history that the Mets hit
back-to-back homers for a walk-off win, according to Elias. The Mets have five
game-ending homers in this otherwise forgettable season. Only the 1962 and 1963
teams had more, with six.Embattled reliever Kyle Barraclough entered with one
out in the ninth and retired Dominic Smith before Conforto lined a 1-0 changeup
into the second deck in right to tie the game. Frazier followed by hitting a 1-1
pitch over the wall in left-center field, prompting his teammates to rush from
the dugout and mob the veteran third baseman as he crossed home.“I was hoping
that Michael got on. He did his job, and in my mind I was trying to hit a home
run,” Frazier said. “Those rarely happen. Got a pitch to hit and kind of
squeaked one over, so we’ll take it.”Barraclough (0-6) blew a save for the
seventh time in 17 opportunities.Jerry Blevins (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth
for the win.DONNIE BASEBALLThe Mets weren’t the only ones happy that Wright will
suit up for one last game.“I’m glad that he’s going to get back and be able to
play,” said Marlins manager Don Mattingly, a six-time All-Star and former MVP
who also dealt with debilitating back injuries. “I don’t know his whole road,
but I know it’s been a rough one the last few years.”TRAINER’S ROOMMarlins: OF
Austin Dean was a late scratch from the first game because of nausea. He sat out
the nightcap.Mets: C Devin Mesoraco (bulging disk in back) is almost pain-free
and could be close to returning, Callaway said.UP NEXTMarlins: LHP Wei-Yin Chen
(6-10, 4.72 ERA) opens a weekend series in Philadelphia on Friday night.Mets:
RHP Noah Syndergaard (11-3, 3.44) takes on baseball’s best team Friday as New
York heads to Fenway Park for a three-game set against the Boston Red Sox.
Syndergaard is 5-1 over his last seven starts. BALTIMORE (AP) — Down five runs
in the third inning? Hardly a challenge for the Boston Red Sox, who quickly
wiped out the deficit with a display of patience and power.Xander Bogaerts and
Andrew Benintendi each hit three-run homers, Brock Holt connected in a six-run
sixth inning and the Red Sox overwhelmed the Baltimore Orioles 19-12 on Friday
night.In addition to getting nine extra-base hits ,
Boston drew 10 walks — two with the bases loaded — in its most prolific
offensive performance since a 22-run outburst against Seattle in August 2015.
J.D. Martinez drove in two runs and tops the majors with 101 RBIs.“You keep the
line moving, and the big dogs are going to be at the plate,” manager Alex Cora
said. “They’ve been doing an outstanding job throughout the season driving in
runs and putting together good at-bats. From the offensive side, it was fun to
watch.”After hitting for the cycle one night earlier, Mookie Betts went 3 for 4
with two walks and three RBIs. The last time Boston scored at least 19 runs on
the road was in 1994 at Kansas City.“This is a good place to hit,” Holt said of
cozy Camden Yards.The Red Sox have won 11 of 13 to open a nine-game lead over
the second-place Yankees in the AL East.Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi gave up
eight runs, four earned, and 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings. Obtained on July 25 in a
trade with Tampa Bay, the right-hander threw 15 scoreless innings over two
starts for the Red Sox, but in this one he put Boston in an 8-3 hole against the
team with the worst record in the majors.“Obviously, you get down like that,
with the lineup we have we don’t ever feel like we’re out of it,” Holt said. “We
get some guys on and we’ve got guys who can do some damage.”By the sixth inning,
the Red Sox had an 11-8 lead.Holt started the sixth with a home run to make it
8-6. A sacrifice fly by Mitch Moreland was followed by three straight walks —
the last two with the bases loaded — before Holt smacked a two-run single to
center.Orioles reliever Miguel Castro (2-7) walked three of the five batters he
faced.After the Orioles closed to 11-10 in the bottom half, Benintendi homered
in the seventh.Drew Pomeranz (2-5) got the win in his first relief appearance
since 2016.Chris Davis, Tim Beckham and Mark Trumbo homered for the Orioles, who
are 2-11 against Boston this seasonBoston’s comeback overshadowed the big league
debut of Baltimore center fielder Cedric Mullins , who doubled twice,
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, scored three runs and drove in two. He is the first player
in the 65-year history of the Orioles to have three hits in his first major
league game.“That’s a long time for a team to be around, and for me to be the
first one, it’s just a privilege,” Mullins said.Manager Buck Showalter was asked
if Mullins’ enthusiasm could make a difference in the revamped clubhouse of a
rebuilding team.“Yeah, that’s possible but it doesn’t matter if you don’t pitch
well,” Showalter said.The addition of Mullins pushed longtime Baltimore center
fielder Adam Jones to right field. Undaunted by the switch, Jones had three hits
and two RBIs.AUGUST HEATThe Red Sox are smoking at the plate in August,
averaging 9 runs per game and reaching double figures in half their eight
games.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (right ankle sprain) threw
effectively in a simulated game, with positive results. “Good movement, good
location. His stuff was electric,” Cora said. … Utility man Blake Swihart right
hamstring) ran the bases and is close to coming off the DL. … 2B Ian Kinsler
(left hamstring) won’t be ready to return until the end of next week at the
earliest, Cora said.Orioles: OF Craig Gentry (rib fracture) is “not too far
away” from returning to the club, Showalter said. He’s been on the DL since late
June.UP NEXTRed Sox: David Price (11-6, 3.93 ERA) will work the first game of a
split doubleheader on Saturday. Cora did not name his starter for Game 2, saying
it depended on how Game 1 went.Orioles: Jimmy Yacabonis (0-0, 7.15 ERA) starts
the opener, followed by Yefry Ramirez (1-4, 5.66 ERA).
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