Rapid Reaction: Neil Walker Walks It Off As Mets Win 4-3

The New York Mets defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Monday night at Citi Field thanks to a Neil Walker walk-off RBI single.

Pitching

Jacob deGrom made only a pair of mistakes on the night. He allowed a two-run home run to Hunter Pence in the first and a solo homer to Buster Posey in the sixth. Other than that, deGrom was lights out as he allowed three runs on four hits and struck out 11 through six innings.

Fernando Salas made his eighteenth appearance of the season and retired the only two batters he faced.

Jerry Blevins allowed a two-out hit, but struck out Brandon Belt swinging at a very nice curveball.

Addison Reed continued his recent success as he shut the Giants down with a 1-2-3 in the eighth inning.

Jeurys Familia put together another strong outing, as he worked a perfect ninth inning.

Offense

The Mets were able to get a bit of a rally going in the first as Michael Conforto led off the game with a walk. Jay Bruce then singled, and Neil Walker drove in Conforto with a ground rule double.

The Mets got another rally going in the sixth when deGrom and Conforto led off the inning with back to back singles. T.J. Rivera then drove in deGrom with an RBI double.

Curtis Granderson came off the bench with a big pinch hit RBI double, scoring Juan Lagares from first. Rene Rivera continued to make the most of his playing time as he picked up two more hits.

Michael Conforto was on base three times with a pair of walks and a single. One of those walks was to lead off the ninth inning, and was the run Neil Walker drove in with a game winning two-out RBI single. Walker’s last at-bat was a great one, fighting off two tough pitches on a 1-2 count before lining a low slider to right field.

On Deck

At 7:10 PM Tuesday night, Zack Wheeler (1-2, 4.78 ERA) will take the mound Monday night as the Mets take on Jeff Samardzija (0-4, 5.03 ERA) and the Giants in the second game of this three game set at Citi Field.

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