New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 15: Starling Marte #6 of the New York Mets celebrates his eighth inning three run home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Mets home opening game at Citi Field on April 15, 2022 in New York City. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


It looked like the game was over. The New York Mets trailed the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 heading into the ninth inning. After a dismal display the day before against Atlanta in a 9-1 loss, it looked like the wheels were coming off New York’s Amazing start.

But then a miracle happened. The Mets scored seven runs in the top of the ninth inning; four of those runs came with two out.

“I’m an optimist, I just keep going until they blow the whistle,” Brandon Nimmo said afterwards. “You just never give up. The stats can say all they want. They can say it can’t be done. But that’s why you play the game.

“These guys, they don’t give up. With that mentality, anything is possible.”

Anything definitely is possible for the 2022 New York Mets.

And it all innocently started with Starling Marte beating out a grounder to third for an infield single. The next batter, Franisco Lindor put the ball into the right field seats for a two-run homer, and just like that it was 7-3.

Pete Alonso doubled on the second pitch he saw. Two batters later, Jeff McNeil rifled a single to right to advance Alonso to third.

With Corey Knebel now in the game for Philadelphia, Matt Canha lined a comebacker to the mound that Knebel mishandled, allowing everyone to reach safely, including — and most importantly — Alonso with the run to cut the deficit to 7-4.

After Dom Smith struck out swinging, the Mets were down to their last out, needing three runs to tie the game.

J.D. Davis worked the count to 2-0 before lining a double down the left field line to bring in McNeil and Travis Jankowski (pinch running for Canha) to tie the game at seven. Finally, Marte was at it again, crushing a pitch off the center field wall to drive in Davis with the go-ahead run.

The Mets bench exploded with excitement as the tying and go-ahead runs came in to score.

Edwin Diaz came in a cleaned the decks in the bottom of the ninth, working a 1-2-3 inning to notch his sixth save of the year, and perhaps one of the greatest comebacks in Mets history.

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