Facing a 3-2 deficit in the ninth inning, the New York Mets newly formed lineup was up to the task of providing a seventh straight victory.

By Robby Sabo

Simply amazing.

Entering the ninth-inning down 3-2 – after Tampa Bay Rays third-baseman Evan Longoria hit a tie-breaking home run in the eighth – the New York Mets rejuvenated lineup was up to the task.

First, young Michael Conforto lofted an opposite field single to knock in Lucas Duda to tie the game. Then, the night was over for closer Brad Boxberger after the newest Mets’ hero, Wilmer Flores, came up with a great piece of two-out hitting going with a pitch to right field.

He gave the Mets a 4-3 lead as the Flores love affair continues.

Jeurys Familia came in to shut the door in the bottom of the ninth, despite not one, but two wacky left-field fair/foul ball calls.

The first two runs for the Mets came off of home runs. Juan Uribe smashed his third dinger as a Met in the seventh inning to tie it up at one, and Daniel Murphy came through clutch in the top of the eighth with a solo shot of his own to knot the game up at two.

This was perhaps the first chance of real pennant-race baseball the Met fan has witnessed this season. As Keith Hernandez mentioned several times throughout tonight’s broadcast, it was a great game.

Jacob deGrom started and didn’t have his top-notch stuff. Still, he only allowed two runs over six hits while striking out seven in six innings, taking the no-decision.

With the Washington Nationals losing tonight, the Mets now lead the NL East by 2.5 games. Both clubs will get right back at it tomorrow afternoon from Tampa.

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