Wilson Ramos
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos smacks a clutch home run late to lift his team past the Pittsburgh Pirates in Marcus Stroman’s debut.

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New York Mets catcher Wilson Ramos continues to come through when his club needs him most.

On Saturday night in Pittsburgh, it was the veteran catcher’s two-run home run in the eighth inning that put the Mets up 4-3.

Ramos, 31, enjoyed an incredible night, driving in six total runs. His eighth-inning blast accounts for the 11th homer of the season. Ramos finished 4-for-5 on the night.

The other offensive hero of the night was Mr. hitter himself, Jeff McNeil, who smacked a solo shot in the seventh inning that cut the deficit to one, 3-2. McNeil didn’t start. Instead, he pinched-hit in the pitcher’s hole and finished a cool 2-for-2.

The late-offensive explosion helped cover-up Marcus Stroman’s debut ills. Stroman, who made the first start of his Mets career, lasted just 4.1 innings while giving up three runs on seven hits and two walks. He also managed just three strikeouts.

Mickey Callaway’s bullpen remained red-hot, especially Seth Lugo who pitched a perfect eighth inning. Edwin Diaz’s struggles continue. Entering a 7-3 game in the ninth, he relented a two-run shot to Starling Marte to make things interesting.

Elsewhere for the Mets, Amed Rosario collected three hits while Robinson Cano chipped in with two. Pete Alonso finished a meager 1-for-5.

Now just two games under .500, the Mets will take on the Pirates on Sunday afternoon in the rubber match. First pitch is slated for 1:35 p.m. ET from PNC Park.

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