The New York Mets scored four runs in the eighth inning and held on for a 7-3 victory, completing a four-game series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend.
Jacob deGrom started for New York, giving up three runs on four hits in five innings. Johan Oviedo took the ball for the Bucs, lasting just four innings while giving up three runs on five hits and four walks.
The Mets took the lead in this game in the first inning. A single by Jeff McNeil scored Brandon Nimmo to make it 1-0. A bases-loaded walk to McNeil in the second inning scored their second run, and when Pete Alonso grounded into a force out later in the inning, their third run of the game scored.
Oneil Cruz tied the game with one swing of the bat in the top of the sixth. His 17th homerun of the season was a three-run shot to center field, scoring Zack Collins and Jason Delay to make it a 3-3 ballgame.
The Mets scored four runs in the eighth to put the game away. A single by Nimmo scored a run to make it 4-3, followed later by a two-run single from Daniel Vogelbach and a RBI groundout by Eduardo Escobar, making it 7-3 which would be the final score.
This was a horrible weekend for the Pirates, having lost all four games to the Mets, especially after coming off a four-game series sweep of their own over the Cincinnati Reds. After a much-needed day off on Monday, they will return to action for the start of a series against the New York Yankees.
Record vs. Mets: 1-6
Record vs. N.L. East: 9-26
Record on the Road: 27-49
Overall Record: 55-92
Let’s Go Bucs!