Catching: Mazeika’s home run lifts Mets over Mariners

NEW YORK – Patrick Mazeika hit a tiebreak homer in the seventh inning in his first major league game this season, and the New York Mets took advantage of a sloppy defense by Seattle to beat the Mariners 5-4 on Saturday night.

Starling Mars tripled, doubled, scored and scored three times for the Mets, who squandered a 4-0 lead when Jesse Winker equalized with a three-run home run from Chasen Shreve at the top of the seventh.

Mazeika, in ninth place, made the first shot by reliever Andrés Muñoz (1-1) inside the right-field free-kick post for his second career home run. The New York third-string catcher was called up from the minors on Friday when top backstop James McCann entered the injured list with a broken bone in his left wrist.

Adam Ottavino (2-1) shot a goalless eighth, taking out Ty France with a runner in third to finish the inning.

Edwin Díaz knocked out all three hitters in the ninth on his eighth defense, fanning Winker with a 100 mph fastball into the final to the delight of 37,148 fans who had expected a rain delay early on on a misty night.

Winker was booed and waved to the crowd after rounding the bases on his home run – part of a back-and-forth with Citi Field fans dating back to his days with Cincinnati.

Chris Bassitt closed the game on Friday, and the defeated Francisco Lindor made two runs for the Mets, who lost the series opener 2-1 on Friday night. They have lost consecutive games only once this season (April 10-11).

Award-winning prospect George Kirby gave up three runs – one won – and three hits in four innings in his second major league start for the Mariners. Kirby, who grew up in suburban Rye, about 35 kilometers north of Citi Field, had a roaring crowd of fans who stood about 20 rows from the Seattle bench on the third base side.

Mariners with no punches dropped 13 out of 17.

After a 68-minute delay before the first pitch, New York benefited from two calls that were overturned by instant replay in the first inning.

After a hitter hit and back-to-back walks loaded the bases with two outs, Bassitt hit Eugenio Suárez at second base. Suarez, shaken in the play after sliding headfirst into Jeff McNeil’s knee, was initially deemed safe ahead of the Mets’ challenge.

In the lower half, Mars was originally dropped at third base in its triple. He scored when Lindor boxed a single through a tied infield.

Suárez’s mistake at third base helped New York score two undeserved runs at third on sacrificial flights from Lindor and McNeil. A jump capture by Steven Souza Jr. on the right field fence on McNeil’s drive avoided further potential damage.

Souza ditched Mars’ routine fly in the fifth before playing for the second for a force in the play. But he still might have cost the Mariners, because it was the speedy Mars running all the way from the former to score on Pete Alonso’s double instead of Brandon Nimmo.

The smooth RBI de Souza with two eliminations in the sixth reduced it to 4-1 and pursued Bassitt, who eliminated eight.

Seth Lugo retired Adam Frazier with the bases loaded to end the inning, but dropped out of back-to-back singles in the seventh before Shreve was called up to face Winker.

SHAKIRA, SHAKIRA

Mets manager Buck Showalter mentioned before the game how excited he was for Shakira to be at Citi Field. The singer posed for photos outside the club with Showalter and several players.

CREW OF THREE MEN

The game was played with only three referees on the field. About 30 minutes before the first pitch, the Mets were informed that team principal Jerry Layne was unavailable. Hunter Wendelstedt slid from second base to take Layne’s spot in first place.

COACH ROOM

sailors: RHP Erik Swanson was put on the 15-day injured list with elbow inflammation, leaving Seattle without one of his upper arms in the bullpen. LHP Danny Young was called Triple-A Tacoma.

Mets: LF Mark Canha was spared against a right-hander in favor of Travis Jankowski. Alonso was the DH, with Dominic Smith playing at first base.

NEXT

sailors: AL Cy Young award winner Robbie Ray (3-3, 4.22 ERA) kicks off Sunday afternoon as Seattle wraps up its first visit to Citi Field with the three-game series finale. Ray last set a season 10 record in a win over Philadelphia. The southpaw is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in six career games against the Mets.

Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (3-1, 3.19) is 2-0 with an ERA of 0.87 in three home games this year. He’s 5-3 with a 3.67 ERA against the Mariners, although he hasn’t started since May 2019.

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