NEW YORK — Patrick Mazeika hit a tiebreaking home run leading off the seventh inning in his first major league game this season, and the New York Mets took advantage of a sloppy Seattle defense to beat the Mariners 5-4 on Saturday.
Starling Marte tripled, doubled, singled and scored three times for the Mets, who blew a 4-0 lead when Jesse Winker tied a three-run homer off Chasen Shreve in the top of the seventh.
Mazeika, batting ninth, hit the first pitch off reliever Andrés Muñoz (1-1) into the right-field foul pole for his second career home run. New York’s No. 3 catcher was called up from the minors Friday when top defenseman James McCann went on the disabled list with a broken bone in his left wrist.
Adam Ottavino (2-1) pitched a scoreless eighth, retiring Ty France with a runner on third to end the inning.
Edwin Diaz struck out all three batters in the ninth inning for his eighth save, fanning Winker with a 100 mph fastball for the final out to the delight of 37,148 fans who expected a rain delay early on a foggy night.
Winker was booed throughout and waved to the crowd after rounding the bases with his home run, part of a tug-of-war with Citi Field fans dating back to his days with Cincinnati.
Chris Bassitt led a shutout into the sixth, and the slumped Francisco Lindor drove in two runs for the Mets, who lost the series opener 2-1 on Friday night. They have lost consecutive games just once this season (April 10-11).
Prized prospect George Kirby allowed three runs, one earned, and three hits in four innings in his second major league start for the Mariners. Kirby, who grew up in suburban Rye about 22 miles north of Citi Field, had a section of loudly cheering fans standing about 20 rows from the Seattle dugout on the third-base side. .
The no-hit Mariners have lost 13 of 17.
After a 68-minute delay before the first pitch, New York benefited from two calls that were voided by instant replay in the first inning.
After a hit batter and back-to-back walks loaded the bases with two out, Bassitt picked off Eugenio Suarez at second base. Suarez, shaken on the play after sliding headfirst into Jeff McNeil’s knee, was initially ruled safe before the Mets challenged.
In the bottom half, Marte was originally ruled out at third base with his triple. He scored when Lindor singled through an infield.
Suarez’s error at third base helped New York score two unearned runs in the third on sacrifice flies by Lindor and McNeil. A jump catch by Steven Souza Jr. at the right-field fence on McNeil’s drive prevented further potential damage.
Souza dropped Marte’s routine fly ball in the fifth before throwing to second for a force out on the play. But it still might have cost the Mariners, because it was the speedy Marte who ran all the way from first to score on Pete Alonso’s two-out double, instead of Brandon Nimmo.
Souza’s soft RBI single with two outs in the sixth cut it to 4-1 and chased Bassitt, who struck out eight.
Seth Lugo retired Adam Frazier with the bases loaded to end the inning, but allowed back-to-back singles in the seventh before Shreve was called up to face Winker.
Mets manager Buck Showalter mentioned before the game how excited he was that Shakira would be at Citi Field. The singer posed for photos outside the clubhouse with Showalter and several players.
The game was played with only three referees on the field. Approximately 30 minutes before first pitch, the Mets were informed that crew chief Jerry Layne was unavailable. Hunter Wendelstedt slid in from second base to take Layne’s spot at first.
Sailors: RHP Erik Swanson was placed on the 15-day disabled list with elbow inflammation, leaving Seattle without one of its best bullpen arms. LHP Danny Young was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma.
Mets: LF Mark Canha rested against a right-hander in favor of Travis Jankowski. Alonso was the DH, with Dominic Smith playing first base.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Sailors: Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray (3-3, 4.22 ERA) pitches Sunday afternoon as Seattle wraps up its first visit to Citi Field with the three-game series finale. Ray struck out a season-high 10, the last time in a win over Philadelphia. The left-hander is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in six career starts against the Mets.
Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (3-1, 3.19) is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA in three home starts this year. He is 5-3 with a 3.67 ERA against the Mariners, though he hasn’t started against them since May 2019.