New Met Uribe Delivers Walk-Off Single For Split With Dodgers
It may not have been the blockbuster deal Mets fans were hoping for but the acquisition of Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe is paying dividends.
A day after Johnson's Mets debut of two hits including a homer in a 15-2 rout of the Dodgers, Uribe delivered a game-winning walk-off single, off the wall in center field to send the Mets to a 3-2 victory and a split of the four game series with Los Angeles.
And, while it was just one victory - which followed a blow save from closer Jeurys Familia - the Mets can take pride in coming away with a win in a game started by LA's Zack Greinke. In fact, Sunday's series finale at Citi Field featured the pitchers with the best ERA's in baseball - Greinke and Jacob deGrom. In doing so, they snapped Greinke's ridiculous 45-plus innings scoreless streak, and they did it without the benefit of a hit with runners in scoring position.
deGrom drove in a run in the third with a ground ball fielder's choice that scored Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Then, rookie Michael Conforto - who went 4-4 in his second career big league game on Saturday - was hit by Greinke with the bases loaded in the sixth.
With New York ahead 2-0 in the ninth, Familia's bid for a four-out save dried up when ex-Met Justin Turner doubled to drive in the Dodgers' first run. Then pinch runner Carl Crawford scored to tie the game on catcher Yasmani Grandal's RBI single.
While it setup Uribe's heroics, the rally cost deGrom what should have been a marvelous victory in which he out-dueled the league's leading Cy Young candidate. He struck out eight over 7 and 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits and two walks. His ERA fell to 2.05, better than everyone in baseball - except Greinke.
Although his scoreless streak ended Sunday, Greinke still hasn't suffered a loss in over six weeks. And, the two earned runs he yielded raised his ERA to 1.37, by far the best in baseball.
The Mets - 51-48 and three back of Washington in the NL East - are off Monday before San Diego comes to town on Tuesday night. It sets up a huge series in New York when the Nationals visit Citi Field Friday through Sunday.