Mets come back off Mariano Rivera, beat Yankees in 10


The Mets scored single runs in the ninth and 10th innings to beat the Yankees 3-2 and avoid a home sweep Sunday.

Already down Jose Reyes because of a hamstring strain, the Mets’ chances appeared to take another hit today when R.A. Dickey was forced from a 1-1 game after five innings due to tightness in his glute.  The Mets got two scoreless innings from rookie Pedro Beato, but they fell behind in the eighth after Jason Isringhausen gave up a run on a Curtis Granderson sac fly.

To come back from there, the Mets relied on what’s been their biggest offensive weapon this season: the base on balls.  The NL leaders in walks and OBP couldn’t push across a run after two David Robertson walks in the eighth, but they did capitalize on Mariano Rivera’s two-out walk of Jason Bay in the ninth.  Lucas Duda and Ronny Paulino both singled from there to tie up the game.

With the winning run on second, Ruben Tejada then hit a ball that went through shortstop Ramiro Pena for an error.  Fortunately, left fielder Brett Gardner was charging the entire time, and though his throw home was a bit wide of home plate, Russell Martin was able to haul it in and dive back across the plate in time to tag Duda and send the game into extras.

The Mets went on to win it in 10.  Scott Hairston walked to lead off the inning against Luis Ayala and was sacrificed to second.  After a HBP and a strikeout, Daniel Murphy hit a pretty routine grounder to short that Pena bobbled for his second error in two innings.  With the bases loaded, Bay drove a pitch into the gap in right-center to end the game.

Bay has now hit in six straight games.  He’s also driven in seven runs and walked six times during that span.

Francisco Rodriguez, pitching two innings for the first time this season, earned the win today.  The blown save was Rivera’s fourth of the year and first against the Mets since 1999.

The Yankees lost their seven-game winning streak, but they did end up 4-2 against the Mets this season.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.