NEW YORK — Patrick Mazeika hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning in his first Major League game this season, and the New York Mets took advantage of a sloppy Seattle defense to beat the Mariners 5-4 on Saturday night.
Starling Marte tripled, doubled, singled and scored three times for the Mets, who squandered a 4-0 lead when Jesse Winker tied it with a three-run homer off Chasen Shreve in the top of the seventh.
Mazeika, who batted ninth, hit reliever Andrés Muñoz’s first delivery (1-1) into the foul-post in rightfield for his second homerun of his career. New York’s third string catcher was called up by the minors on Friday when top backstop James McCann went on the injured list with a broken bone in his left wrist.
Adam Ottavino (2-1) threw a scoreless eighth and eliminated Ty France with a runner on third base to end the inning.
Edwin Díaz struckout all three batters in the ninth for his eighth save, fueling Winker with a 100 mph fastball for the final, much to the delight of 37,148 fans waiting for a rain delay at the start on a foggy night.
Winker was booed the entire time and waved to the crowd after he walked around the bases on his home run—part of a back and forth with Citi Field fans harking back to his days with Cincinnati.
Chris Bassitt shutout in the sixth and slumping Francisco Lindor drove in two runs for the Mets, who dropped the series opener 2-1 Friday night. They have only lost once in a row this season (April 10-11).
Appreciated prospect George Kirby gave up three runs — one earned — and three hits in four innings in his second big league-start for the Mariners. Growing up in suburban Rye about 35 miles north of Citi Field, Kirby had a loudly cheering section of fans who stayed about 20 rows above the Seattle dugout on the third base side.
The punchless Mariners dropped 13 of 17.
After a 68-minute delay for the first pitch, New York took advantage of two calls that were destroyed by an instant replay in the first inning.
After a hit batter and consecutive walks loaded the bases with two outs, Bassitt picked Eugenio Suárez out on second base. Suárez, shaken by the game after slipping his head into Jeff McNeil’s knee, was initially ruled safe before the Mets challenged.
In the bottom half, Marte was initially ruled out at third base on his triple. He scored when Lindor singled on a drawn infield.
Suárez’ error on third base helped New York score two unearned runs in the third inning on sacrifice flies by Lindor and McNeil. A jumping catch from Steven Souza Jr. at the right-field fence on McNeil’s drive prevented more potential damage.
Souza dropped Marte’s routine flyout in the fifth before throwing to second for a force play on the play. But it could still have cost the Mariners, as it was the speedy Marte who ran all the way from first place to score on Pete Alonso’s double-out double, instead of Brandon Nimmo.
Souza’s soft RBI single with two outs in the sixth made it 4-1 and went after Bassitt, who struckout eight.
Seth Lugo retired Adam Frazier with the bases loaded to end the inning, but gave up consecutive singles in the seventh before Shreve was summoned to face Winker.
Mets manager Buck Showalter said before the game how excited he was that Shakira would be at Citi Field. The singer posed for photos outside the clubhouse with Showalter and some of the players.
The game was played with only three umpires on the field. About 30 minutes before the first pitch, the Mets were informed that crew chief Jerry Layne was unavailable. Hunter Wendelstedt slid over from second base to take Layne’s spot first.
seamen: RHP Erik Swanson was placed on the 15-day injured list with elbow inflammation, leaving Seattle without one of his upper arms in the bullpen. LHP Danny Young was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Mets: LF Mark Canha got some rest against a right-hander in favor of Travis Jankowski. Alonso was the DH, with Dominic Smith at first base.
seamen: Reigning AL Cy Young Award-winner Robbie Ray (3-3, 4.22 ERA) pitches on Sunday-afternoon as Seattle closes its first visit to Citi Field with the series finale of three games. Ray hit a season-high 10 finals in a win over Philadelphia. The southpaw is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in six career starts against the Mets.
Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (3-1, 3.19) is 2-0 this year with a 0.87 ERA in three home starts. He is 5-3 with a 3.67 ERA vs. the Mariners, although he hasn’t started against them since May 2019.