WASHINGTON – Some cheering fans caught the attention of National's manager Dave Martinez when he finally started his nightly debriefing with reporters.
"Thank you for staying," said Martinez.
They could not have been blamed for the premature departure. No doubt they are glad they did not do it.
Kurt Suzuki celebrated the biggest comeback in the history of the Nationals with a Homer with three runs at the end of the game, helping Washington score seven runs in the final to stun the New York Mets on Tuesday nights 11-10.
"I did not want to kill the rally with the bats everyone put into this inning," Suzuki said. "I wanted to get through, as everyone else wanted."
Detachments Paul Sewald, Luis Avilan and Edwin Diaz made it through the meltdown and ended just one shot while Washington won for the 20th time in 26 games. The Nationals / Expos franchise had never won a game after being at least six times behind in the ninth or later round.
"It was a crazy year," said Nationals veteran Ryan Zimmerman, who scored a pinch-double rally during the second half. "That's the only way to sum it up, for me, for the team, for everyone, it fits into the story, I think." ninth. Wilson Ramos extended his strike to 26 games and Pete Alonso shattered his 44th Homer to position the Mets for a win over current leaders in the NL wildcard hunt.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway picked up Reliever Seth Lugo after him, pulling back on all three thugs he faced in the eighth. Lugo routinely gets six outs per outing, but Callaway thought the lead was safe enough to penetrate deeper into the bullpen.
"We had a lead of six runs," Callaway said. "Major league pitchers have to stand this."
Sewald allowed four hits for his five batters, including Trea Turner's RBI Double and Anthony Rendon's RBI Single. Avilan allowed one to load the bases, and then Diaz relieved Zimmerman (1
"It just seemed like a bad dream," said Mets outfielder Brandon Said Nimmo. "I do not know, it's difficult even in a Little League game where I feel like coming back from (six) runs at the end of ninth place against guys who throw 99 miles an hour not really words for it. "
Suzuki pointed to the home-building before he rounded off the first base, pumped his fist on the second and was washed by his teammates on the home plate. It was his 16th homer of the season.
"The difference was that this team never gave up," Diaz said through an interpreter. "I threw my seats, I thought I was doing my fastball, my slider, and by chance he caught me, he was waiting and punching that place."
Javy Guerra (3-1) was the only batsman who dropped out of the race against Mets.
Washington is the first team to allow five or more runs to ninth place and even more in the inning, according to STATS since the Red Sox on June 18, 1962, against the Washington Senators.
New York's ninth run was supported when Turner forgot how many outs there were and passed on a possible double-play grounder with an out. instead throw first.
The game started as a duel between the youngest NL Cy Young Award winners. Max Scherzer allowed four runs and five hits as he scored seven in six innings, the longest of his three starts since being struck off the injured list last month.
New York's Jacob deGrom took control of most of his hits The tour ended abruptly in eighth place after Rendon's single in the infield and Juan Soto's double strike into center right Washington 5: 4. In more than seven innings deGrom delivered four runs while six were struck.