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Francisco Álvarez hit a tying three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and Pete Alonso hit a game-ending three-run shot in the 10th, giving the New York Mets an improbable 8-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.
New York trailed 2-0 before Mark Vientos, a rookie brought up from the minors for his season debut, tied the score with a two-run homer in the seventh off side-arm pitcher Ryan Thompson.
Brandon Lowe put the Rays back ahead with a two-run homer off Adam Ottavino in a three-run eighth that built a 5-2 lead.
Álvarez homered on a sweeper from Jason Adam, a 426-foot shot off the facing of the left-field second deck, to send the game into extra innings.
The Rays opened a 7-5 lead when pinch-hitter Harold Ramirez and Josh Lowe had run-scoring singles in the 10th against David Robertson (1-0).
Pete Alonso celebrates as he runs the bases after hitting the game winning three-run home run
Jeff McNeil singled off Pete Fairbanks (0-1) leading off the bottom half, and Alonso pulled a fastball into the left-field second deck for his 15th home run of the season, sending the Mets running onto the field following their first walk-off win this season. It was the fourth career walk-off homer for Alonso, and the Mets won for the first time this year in a game they trailed by three runs.
New York and the major league-best Rays meet Thursday in the rubber game of the series as the Mets try to stop a streak of six straight series losses.
Tampa Bay stole seven bases. Wander Franco and Taylor Walls stole two each, and Randy Arozarena, Luke Raley and Josh Lowe one apiece.
Isaac Paredes hit an RBI double in the fourth for the Rays off an otherwise overpowering Kodai Senga, who struck out a season-high 12.
Jose Siri boosted the lead to 2-0 when he homered for the second straight night, a seventh-inning drive off Jeff Brigham.
Senga allowed three hits and three walks as his family arrived from Japan and watched him pitch for the first time this season.
His strikeouts, the most by a Mets rookie since Noah Syndergaard in 2015, prompted fans in the left-field seats to hang 12 ghost posters, a nod to his ghost forkball.
Siri drew boos from Citi Field fans during his home run trot.
He raised his right arm, index and pinkie fingers extended, after passing second base and pulled his left jersey sleeve up while heading home, irking the crowd.
Rays starter Josh Fleming allowed three hits in five scoreless innings.
New York Mets' Brett Baty (22) hugs Francisco Alvarez after Pete Alonso (20) hit a walk-off
BLUE JAYS 3, YANKEES 0, 10 INNINGS
Danny Jansen hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 3-0 on Wednesday night.
Long after Blue Jays starter Chris Bassitt and Yankees ace Gerrit Cole exited a scoreless duel, Jansen´s fourth homer of the season came on the first pitch he saw from reliever Wandy Peralta (2-1).
Whit Merrifield reached on shortstop Anthony Volpe´s error to begin the bottom of the 10th as automatic runner Cavan Biggio advanced from second to third.
New York moved left fielder Oswaldo Cabrera into the infield, and Alejandro Kirk grounded out to shortstop before Jansen followed with his game-winning drive to left.
Toronto closer Jordan Romano (3-2) tossed one inning for the win.
Toronto Blue Jays designated hitter Danny Jansen celebrates his walk off three-run home run
DODGERS 7, TWINS 3
James Outman hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
Byron Buxton and Joey Gallo homered for the Twins, who dropped two of the three in a matchup of division leaders. Gallo left the game with two outs in the ninth after taking a foul ball off his leg.
The Dodgers trailed 3-2 in the seventh before scoring five runs all with two outs. Will Smith tied it after Emilio Pagan walked Miguel Vargas with the bases loaded and Outman put them on top when he drove a first-pitch fastball over the wall in center. It was the rookie outfielder´s ninth home run of the season and second career grand slam.
José De León (0-1) took the loss after he allowed two-out base hits to Smith and Max Muncy in the seventh.
Brusdar Graterol (2-1) got the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings in what was largely a bullpen game for the Dodgers.
Mookie Betts had two hits including his first triple of the season.
Dodgers' James Outman, center, celebrates in the dugout after hitting a grand slam home run
ROYALS 4, PADRES 3
Vinnie Pasquantino hit a tiebreaking two-run homer off Yu Darvish to lead Kansas City.
Pasquantino´s homer to right field, his eighth, and Maikel Garcia´s RBI double gave the Royals a 4-1 lead in the sixth inning.
Darvish (2-3) allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Many in the crowd of 32,416 booed the Padres after Scott Barlow retired the side in the ninth for his sixth save. San Diego´s star-studded lineup went 2 for 9 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 overall as the Padres lost for the ninth time in 11 games.
The Padres, closer to last in the NL West than they are first, were without slugger Manny Machado for a second straight day after he was hit by a pitch on the left hand in Monday night´s 4-0 win.
Jake Cronenworth homered in the fifth for the Padres.
Josh Taylor (1-1) got two outs for the win.
Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the sixth inning
DIAMONDBACKS 5, ATHLETICS 3
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. led off the ninth with a double and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Jose Herrera, and Arizona got its fifth win in six games.
Christian Walker and Corbin Carroll homered as the Diamondbacks took two of three from Oakland in the series despite the bullpen giving up another late lead.
Gurriel led off the ninth with a double off Shintaro Fujinami (1-5) for his seventh straight game with an extra-base hit. Two walks loaded the bases before Herrera´s drive to right off Adrian Martinez allowed Gurriel to score easily. Ketel Marte added an RBI single.
Jose Ruiz (1-0) pitched a scoreless eighth for the win. Miguel Castro pitched a perfect ninth for his third save.
The A´s have lost all eight home series this season.
Corbin Carroll, right, celebrates with Geraldo Perdomo after hitting a two-run home run
ORIOLES 3, ANGELS 1
Kyle Bradish pitched impressively into the seventh inning and Austin Hays homered to lift Baltimore.
Mike Trout went deep for the Angels, but they fell back to .500 with their eighth loss in 11 games.
Bradish (2-1) allowed a run and four hits in 6 2/3 innings against the team that drafted him. He struck out five without a walk. Danny Coulombe, Yennier Cano and Félix Bautista got the final seven outs, with Bautista working the ninth for his 11th save in 14 chances.
Griffin Canning (2-2) allowed three runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.