PHILADELPHIA — The previous 330 times the Mets trailed by six runs within the ninth inning, they’d lost.
“I’m sure everyone counted us out,” Brandon Nimmo said. “These guys, they don’t hand over. With that mentality, anything is feasible.”
The Mets staged a most remarkable comeback Thursday night, erasing a six-run deficit within the ninth inning to beat the flabbergasted Philadelphia Phillies, 8-7.
Nimmo delivered a tying, two-run single, then scored on Starling Marte’s tiebreaking double to finish a string of 857 consecutive losses by M.L.B. clubs when trailing by six runs or more within the ninth, in keeping with the Elias Sports Bureau.
“I’m an optimist, I just keep going until they blow the whistle,” Nimmo said. “You only never hand over. The stats can say all they need. They will say it will possibly’t be done. But that’s why you play the sport.”
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With the Mets trailing by 7-1, Marte led off the inning with an infield single against James Norwood and scored on Francisco Lindor’s two-run homer. Mark Canha added an R.B.I. infield single that clanked off pitcher Corey Knebel (0-2), and J.D. Davis had a pinch-hit R.B.I. double before Nimmo and Marte finished off the high point of the N.L. East-leading Mets’ season up to now.
“Just strung plenty of good at-bats together by good hitters,” Mets Manager Buck Showalter said.
It’s the primary time the Mets have trailed by at the very least six runs within the ninth and won since Sept. 13, 1997, when Carl Everett hit a tying grand slam with two outs within the ninth and the Mets went on to beat the Montreal Expos in extra innings. It was just the third time in Mets history they’ve come back from at the very least six runs down within the ninth to win, in keeping with Elias.
Bryce Harper and Nick Castellanos homered for the Phillies, and Aaron Nola pitched seven sharp innings. The Phillies have lost five of six.
“That’s about as hard as I’ve been through,” Phillies Manager Joe Girardi said. “That is as tough because it gets.”
Marte also had a solo homer within the sixth.
The Mets avoided consecutive losses for the second time this season in amazing fashion, continuing the optimism in Recent York after a quick start.
“Nights like tonight make you realize what it will possibly be,” Showalter said.
It looked like Nola was going to earn his second victory when the Mets got here to bat within the ninth having scored only one run on three hits.
Edwin Díaz pitched a scoreless ninth for his sixth save in seven probabilities. Adonis Medina (1-0) allowed one hit in 2 ⅔ scoreless innings.
Ohtani Dominates Red Sox
BOSTON — Shohei Ohtani left his mark on Fenway Park with the best two-way performance since Babe Ruth himself.
Pitching on the historic ballpark for the primary time, Ohtani struck out 11 in seven shutout innings and added two hits — one among them a 109-mile-per-hour line drive that banged off the Green Monster so hard that it knocked his No. 17 out of the pitcher’s slot on the manual scoreboard.
“I hope you don’t start taking that with no consideration. Prefer it’s old hat,” Angels Manager Joe Maddon said of Ohtani’s skills. “It’s just so unusual. It’s otherworldly, on this level of this game.”
The display got here during Los Angeles’ 8-0 win over Boston Thursday that included a five-run eighth inning within the ballpark where Ruth debuted in 1914 and played six seasons before the Red Sox sold him to the Yankees.
Within the fourth, Ohtani hit a 389-foot single that was a couple of foot shy of being a house run. Within the eighth, he singled off the left-field wall to drive in a single run, then scored because the Angels turned a 2-0 game right into a blowout.
Ohtani (3-2) also induced 29 swings and misses from Boston batters — a profession high, and probably the most for any pitcher this yr. He threw 81 of his 99 pitches for strikes, also a profession high.
“It’s one among my favorite ballparks,” said Ohtani, who has batted .302 with two homers in 10 games at Fenway. “I used to be looking forward to pitching here.”
Ohtani’s start had been pushed back two days due to groin tightness and got here about 14 hours after the Angels scored six times within the tenth inning to beat the Red Sox 10-5. Because the designated hitter in that contest, Ohtani walked within the ninth and walked and scored within the tenth.
“To be honest, I used to be pretty fatigued,” he said. “My body was pretty drained. I attempted to get to sleep as early as possible and get enough sleep and rest. I believe I used to be in a position to do this.”
Ohtani was the primary pitcher at Fenway to bat in the highest 4 of the order since Ruth, who was the Red Sox’s cleanup hitter in the primary game of a Sept. 20, 1919, doubleheader.
Within the fourth inning, Ohtani matched one other Red Sox Hall of Famer by becoming the primary starting pitcher to record successful at Fenway since Roger Clemens in 1996. Ohtani and Clemens are the one starting pitchers to record hits at Fenway within the designated hitter era.