Jose Bautista
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New York Mets slugger Jose Bautista destroys a walk-off grand slam at Citi Field on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Don’t look now, but the New York Mets have won two straight and three of the last four games. Why? Well, because Joey Bats put on a show at Citi Field on Friday night.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays, Jose Bautista destroyed one for a walk-off grand slam and a 5-1 Amazin’ win.

Bautista, 37, has been hot as of late including smacking his fourth home run in 38 games since coming to the Big Apple. Surprisingly, this shot accounts for the first and only walk-off of his MLB career.

The tragedy of the night brings us to the same old story. Jacob deGrom, the best pitcher in the National League, was forced to settle with another no-decision after relenting just one run on four hits while striking out eight in eight innings of work. Jeurys Familia pitched a clean, momentum-building top of the ninth leading into the eventual walk-off.

It was Todd Frazier who led off the inning with a monstrous walk. Catcher Devin Mesoraco singled. Then young Amed Rosario sacrificed both runners over to second and third. After an intentional walk to Brandon Nimmo, Joey Bats stepped to the plate.

Mesoraco was the game’s only batter who collected two hits on the night. Asdrubal Cabrera collected the Mets first run produced with an RBI single in the third, knocking in young Nimmo.

For one night, at least, the home Citi Field crowd had much to celebrate.

Next up will be the second game of the series against the Rays when southpaw Blake Snell matches up against another lefty in Steven Matz. First pitch comes your way at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday from Flushing.

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