PHILADELPHIA — The rain washed away the slum and a game to forget became a game to remember.
Entering a 46-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth in a three-run hole, the Mets stormed back with clear skies – and Mark Canha thunder – to steal a 10-9 win and a series at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. .
Canha homered twice, once in the seventh and again in the ninth, to lift the Mets to a victory in which they appeared to be buried three times. The Mets came back from a 4-0 hole, a 7-4 deficit and an 8-7, ninth-inning ditch that Canha’s bat provided.
The leftfielder hit a go-ahead, two-run homerun to left field against former Yankee David Robertson, adding some theatrics to the moment. He swung his bat far in the air before starting to jog, raising his arms triumphantly from first base to second base.
Brandon Nimmo’s ensuing homerun provided insurance that proved important. Edwin Diaz looked shaky in a surprise ninth where he gave up a run, but he struckout Darick Hall to secure his 28th save.
The Mets, who had their first series loss to an NL East opponent in Atlanta, responded by taking three of the four from the Phillies. The Mets faced an exhausted staff that made two club debuts on Saturday and two Major League debuts on Sunday, but they continued to win anyway. Three of the four games against Philadelphia were started by Jose Butto (who made his debut on Sunday), David Peterson and Trevor Williams.
The Mets (79-44) advanced four games from the Braves, who lost to Houston.
Canha’s explosions made Nate Fisher’s work even more important. The lefthander made his Major League-debut and threw three scoreless innings to bridge the delay.
The Phillies had taken the lead again in the eighth inning against Trevor May, when Jean Segura’s homerun disrupted the game. May pitched as he was one of two relievers who were unused that day or the day before. (Diaz was the other and was saved for the ninth.)
The Mets had pulled back after the rain delay in the sixth. Canha uncorked a three-run home run in the seventh to tie a game that appeared to be lost in the first inning.
The 26-year old Fisher, who made it through the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, was the lead pitcher of the evening and much better than Butto, who called up the Mets for a spot start that went south quickly. The number 15 of the organization was tagged for four runs in his first Major League-inning, the biggest hit being a three-run shot by Alec Bohm.
Butto gave up three more runs – on a second three-run homer by Bohm, which ended with a career-high six RBI’s – in the fourth inning, completing a debut in which he gave up seven runs on nine hits and two walks in four innings.
Until Bohm’s second dinger—from an outside fastball that hit the right batter down the right field line—Butto had settled in and the Mets had fought their way back for the first time.
They narrowed a four-run deficit by scoring in the second, third and fourth inning.
In the second, Mets catcher Michael Perez hit his second two-run single in as many days against Phillies starter Kyle Gibson. In the third, Daniel Vogelbach doubled out to drive in Starling Marte, and an inning later, the Mets tied the score when Marte’s grounding single scored Perez. Both boos and “Let’s go Mets!” came from the crowd in Philadelphia, but Bohm’s swing would reverse the momentum.
After 96 minor league-games, Button probably couldn’t wait for his major league-debut. After the first inning, you couldn’t blame him if he couldn’t wait for it to be over.
Reached the first five Phillies, including Bohm’s first blast. Butto needed 21 pitches to score his first out – a strikeout by Bryson Stott – and the Mets were already trailing 3-0 at that point. Nick Maton’s single led to a fourth Phillies run, and it took 38 pitches to escape his first Major League-inning.
Unfortunately, Canha and Fisher kept him from getting his first major league loss.