PHOENIX — The Mets have received help from an eclectic, and largely unknown, group of heroes over their first two months of the 2021 season. Wednesday’s late-game clutch base hit, however, came off the bat of a familiar name.
Pete Alonso knocked the go-ahead RBI single to left field to drive in Francisco Lindor from third base in the ninth inning, leading to the Mets’ 7-6 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field. Alonso’s game-winning single was the Mets' 16th hit of the afternoon, and it put an end to a back-and-forth game with Arizona.
Edwin Diaz bounced back from his first blown save on Tuesday to record his 10th save of the year in a 1-2-3 ninth inning on Wednesday. The Mets (27-21) took two out of three from the Diamondbacks to begin their three-city, nine-game road trip.
The Mets bullpen, continuing its steady start to the year, put up 26 outs in relief using a combination of Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Miguel Castro and Diaz. Lugo recorded six of those outs in his 2021 debut after beginning the season rehabbing from right elbow surgery.
David Peterson forced Mets manager Luis Rojas to unexpectedly roll out a bullpen game after the southpaw could only record one out in his disastrous start. The Mets offense gave Peterson a four-run lead before he even threw his first pitch. And still, the breathing room wasn’t enough for the 25-year-old pitcher who, after a breakout rookie season in 2020, has struggled to find any sort of consistency this year.
Peterson promptly erased the Mets’ advantage by allowing six of his first seven batters to reach base, including on a two-run home run to Ketel Marte. The Diamondbacks tied the game in the first inning before Rojas pulled Peterson from his 10th outing of the season.
The last thing the Mets wanted was more injured players, and yet, their productive leadoff hitter was the latest to depart with an aggravation. Jonathan Villar left in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game with right hamstring tightness, the team announced. Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil are both sidelined with hamstring strains until at least the end of June.
With hamstring injuries being pesky, it’s reasonable to think the Mets will be particularly cautious with Villar and likely give him a game or two to rest. That game plan would make him unavailable at least for the beginning of the four-game series in San Diego. Jose Peraza, Brandon Drury, or Travis Blankenhorn can start at the hot corner, with J.D. Davis on the IL with his lingering left hand sprain.