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Darin Ruf, Eduardo Escobar tease latest Mets roles with hits vs. lefty

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Every thing was briefly all right once the Mets finally faced a lefty Friday night. 

The Mets had faced righty starters all week, which meant Darin Ruf, acquired from the Giants on the trade deadline, and Eduardo Escobar, who had recently been forced right into a platoon, have been out of the lineup so their lefty-hitting complements could play. 

Ruf and Escobar stayed ready and took advantage of the chance as soon as a southpaw emerged from the Braves’ bullpen. 

Each hitters got here through within the clutch with run-scoring hits in a four-run fifth inning that gave the Mets hope, but was not enough in an eventual 9-6 loss to the Braves at Citi Field. 

Ruf, who got here over in a Tuesday trade, had not played since Monday in San Francisco. Escobar had pinch-hit late in a game that was all but over Wednesday, but not began a game since Monday since the latest acquisitions have pushed him and Luis Guillorme right into a time-share at third base. 

Darin Ruf rounds first base during his RBI double within the fifth inning. Jason Szenes

When lefty Dylan Lee began running from the Braves’ bullpen to exchange right Ian Anderson, Ruf and Escobar finally were capable of dust off their bats. 

Buck Showalter pinch-hit Ruf for lefty-hitting Tyler Naquin with two runners on base. Ruf rocketed the second pitch he faced as a Met down the right-field line for a double that drove in two and brought the Mets back into the sport. 

“It takes a little bit little bit of the pressure off,” said Ruf, who would have added a second hit if Braves center fielder Michael Harris II had not made a pleasant running grab. “Tyler and [Daniel Vogelbach] have been swinging the bat very well, so I felt like I needed to tug some weight for among the latest guys.” 

Guillorme was the following scheduled hitter, but in a trend that likely will proceed the remainder of the season, the Mets pinch-hit to get the platoon advantage. Escobar got here off the bench and grounded a single into left field, running to first with shouts of celebration in a moment that clearly was a protracted time coming for the struggling third baseman. 

“We knew we had a probability to get back in the sport there, and we took a pop at it and were capable of,” said Showalter, whose magic ran out after that inning. 

Eduardo Escobar reacts after his RBI double in the fifth inning.Eduardo Escobar reacts after his RBI double within the fifth inning. Jason Szenes

Ruf will see some playing time in left field and is predicted to begin the second game of the doubleheader Saturday at first base to present Pete Alonso a rest against lefty Max Fried. Escobar likely will get the nod, too, for a Mets team that is far deeper after the deadline. 

“They made some good moves,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said. “They’ve added, and so they got the platoon matchups that they need … Sometimes you’re saying, ‘God, you bought 40 guys energetic over there?’ And legit guys, too. 

“They’ve guys coming off that bench that like hitting left-handers.”

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