Frazier's bunt pushes Mets past Tigers, 6th win in 7 games

NEW YORK (AP) Todd Frazier is known for longballs more than small ball. Yet without even taking a full swing, he swung things in the New York Mets' favor.

Frazier cleverly came up with a push bunt and the Mets took off from there, beating the Detroit Tigers 4-3 Sunday for their sixth win in seven games.

''Perfect opportunity,'' Frazier said.

Down 3-0, the Mets put runners at the corners with one out in the fourth inning for Frazier. Instantly, he saw the Tigers shift and leave the right side of the infield virtually vacant.

The longtime pro took advantage, pushing a sharp bunt that easily rolled into right field for an RBI single.

''I think it sparked us,'' Frazier said, adding, ''I looked into the dugout, everyone was fired up.''

A former All-Star Home Run Derby champ, Frazier has four sacrifice bunts in nine seasons as a big leaguer, but none since 2016.

So how long had he been waiting to pull off this kind of play?

''My whole life, to be honest with you. My whole career,'' he said.

One out later, Adeiny Hechavarria hit a three-run homer for a 4-3 lead.

Zack Wheeler pitched into the eighth inning as the Mets reached the .500 mark - they trailed in all but one of these recent victories.

Nicholas Castellanos homered and drove in three runs for the Tigers, who have lost 11 of 12.

Edwin Diaz escaped his own jam in the ninth, striking out John Hicks with runners at first and third, then fanning JaCoby Jones with runners at second and third for his 13th save in 14 chances. Jones hopped up and shouted at plate umpire Jerry Meals after being called out on a 3-2 pitch that appeared a touch outside.

''These guys are playing, they're trying. These are tough losses, but you know what? I've got to believe that they'll come out fighting again tomorrow,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.

''That's what they're doing right now, they're having some fun doing it. It's fun in the dugout. They're into it and that's all you can ask for,'' he added.

Wheeler (4-3) had retired 13 batters in a row before Jones led off the eighth with a single. Wheeler struck out pinch-hitter Miguel Cabrera and was pulled after walking Niko Goodrum.

Jeurys Familia relieved and Dawel Lugo thought he had struck out, mistaking the count after a swing-and-miss and walking back toward the Detroit dugout. Lugo returned to the plate and fanned for real, and Familia struck out Castellanos to end the inning.

Wheeler also singled twice, boosting his batting average to .308.

Rookie starter Spencer Turnbull (2-4) breezed through the first three innings for Detroit. Dominic Smith opened the fourth with a fly to center field and Jones took an odd route, with the ball falling just beyond his glove for a double.

Wilson Ramos singled to put runners at the corners, bringing up Frazier. Detroit left only first baseman Brandon Dixon on the right side, and he was holding Ramos.

Frazier pounced on Turnbull's first pitch and the ball was placed so well, the slow-footed Ramos cruised into third.

''That was awesome,'' Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.

ROSTER MOVES

Tigers: Claimed RHP Austin Adams off waivers from Minnesota. He gave up five runs over 2 2/3 innings in two games for the Twins. ... LHP Matt Hall, who had been called up from Triple-A Toledo before the game, was sent back down.

Mets: RHPs Tim Peterson and Paul Sewald cleared waivers and were outrighted to Triple-A Syracuse.

GOTTA HUSTLE

Jones hit a broken-bat popup in front of the mound in the fifth and didn't initially run out of the batter's box. Wheeler had trouble seeing the ball in the sun and dropped it, but had time to throw out Jones.

Gardenhire said he spoke to Jones after the play.

''Got to run the ball out. That's a pretty simple, basic thing is you don't take anything for granted and you run and don't give a chance to get yourself embarrassed. And he did a little bit there and he knows it,'' Gardenhire said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Cabrera didn't start for a day of mostly rest.

Mets: OF Michael Conforto was activated from the seven-day concussion list. He went 0 for 3 and was nicked by a pitch. Conforto was hurt May 16 when he collided with teammate Robinson Cano chasing a pop fly.

UP NEXT

Tigers: LHP Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.30 ERA) starts Monday afternoon at Baltimore vs. RHP Gabriel Ynoa (0-1, 5.60).

Mets: Aces meet at Dodger Stadium on Monday when Mets RHP Jacob deGrom (3-5, 3.72) faces LHP Clayton Kershaw (4-0, 3.33).

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  • W: Z. Wheeler (4-3)L: S. Turnbull (2-4)S: E. Diaz (13)
  • HR: DET - N. Castellanos (5), NYM - A. Hechavarria (2)
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N. Castellanos RF41231022.269.315.452.7668.0
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R. Rodriguez SS40000021.239.270.521.791-1.0
B. Dixon 1B40100010.311.333.574.9072.5
J. Hicks C40000022.228.273.370.642-1.0
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  • a-struck out for Turnbull in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rosario SS40000022.247.291.392.683-1.0
D. Smith 1B31200101.340.456.489.9465.0
M. Conforto RF30000003.265.402.510.9121.0
W. Ramos C41100013.270.345.395.7401.5
T. Frazier 3B41110002.218.269.333.6023.0
C. Gomez LF30100022.167.333.333.6672.0
A. Hechavarria 2B31131022.188.235.438.6737.0
J. Lagares CF30000010.189.264.284.548-0.5
Z. Wheeler P30200000.308.308.462.7692.0
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E. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    BATTING
    • HR - N. Castellanos (5)
    • RBI - N. Castellanos 3 (18)
    • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 3 (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos 2 (2), C. Stewart, J. Jones 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Smith (4)
    • HR - A. Hechavarria (2)
    • RBI - T. Frazier (9), A. Hechavarria 3 (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Hechavarria 3 (3)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Ramos, T. Frazier, A. Hechavarria 2 (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - J. Harrison (3), B. Dixon, J. Jones (5)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - C. Gomez (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Goodrum-Dixon; Goodrum-Lugo-Dixon)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Turnbull (L, 2-4)7.07441812.971.298.0
    D. Stumpf0.21000002.771.77-1.0
    Z. Reininger0.10000009.002.070.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Turnbull (L, 2-4)7.0
    D. Stumpf0.2
    Z. Reininger0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Wheeler (W, 4-3)7.15331814.631.3126.0
    J. Familia (H, 7)0.20000205.661.741.0
    E. Diaz (S, 13)1.01001301.711.059.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Wheeler (W, 4-3)7.1
    J. Familia (H, 7)0.2
    E. Diaz (S, 13)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - S. Turnbull (7)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 99-68, D. Stumpf 6-4, Z. Reininger 2-2
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 9-2
    • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 28, D. Stumpf 3, Z. Reininger
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 102-75, J. Familia 9-6, E. Diaz 32-20
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 9-5
    • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 28, J. Familia 2, E. Diaz 5
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    D. Lugo 3B40000014.226.265.323.587-0.5
    N. Castellanos RF41231022.269.315.452.7668.0
    C. Stewart LF30000121.206.307.383.6900.0
    J. Harrison PR00000000.173.211.263.4742.0
    R. Rodriguez SS40000021.239.270.521.791-1.0
    B. Dixon 1B40100010.311.333.574.9072.5
    J. Hicks C40000022.228.273.370.642-1.0
    J. Jones CF40200012.202.275.355.6303.5
    S. Turnbull P21000011.000.000.000.0000.5
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    • a-struck out for Turnbull in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Rosario SS40000022.247.291.392.683-1.0
    D. Smith 1B31200101.340.456.489.9465.0
    M. Conforto RF30000003.265.402.510.9121.0
    W. Ramos C41100013.270.345.395.7401.5
    T. Frazier 3B41110002.218.269.333.6023.0
    C. Gomez LF30100022.167.333.333.6672.0
    A. Hechavarria 2B31131022.188.235.438.6737.0
    J. Lagares CF30000010.189.264.284.548-0.5
    Z. Wheeler P30200000.308.308.462.7692.0
    J. Familia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    E. Diaz P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      BATTING
      • HR - N. Castellanos (5)
      • RBI - N. Castellanos 3 (18)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 3 (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos 2 (2), C. Stewart, J. Jones 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Smith (4)
      • HR - A. Hechavarria (2)
      • RBI - T. Frazier (9), A. Hechavarria 3 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Hechavarria 3 (3)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Ramos, T. Frazier, A. Hechavarria 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Harrison (3), B. Dixon, J. Jones (5)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - C. Gomez (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Goodrum-Dixon; Goodrum-Lugo-Dixon)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Turnbull (L, 2-4)7.07441812.971.298.0
      D. Stumpf0.21000002.771.77-1.0
      Z. Reininger0.10000009.002.070.0
      Total8.0844181---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Turnbull (L, 2-4)7.0
      D. Stumpf0.2
      Z. Reininger0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Wheeler (W, 4-3)7.15331814.631.3126.0
      J. Familia (H, 7)0.20000205.661.741.0
      E. Diaz (S, 13)1.01001301.711.059.5
      Total9.06332131---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Wheeler (W, 4-3)7.1
      J. Familia (H, 7)0.2
      E. Diaz (S, 13)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Turnbull (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Turnbull 99-68, D. Stumpf 6-4, Z. Reininger 2-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Turnbull 9-2
      • Batters Faced - S. Turnbull 28, D. Stumpf 3, Z. Reininger
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 102-75, J. Familia 9-6, E. Diaz 32-20
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 9-5
      • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 28, J. Familia 2, E. Diaz 5
      • 4TH INNING
        Hechavarria homered to right, Ramos and Frazier scored34
        Frazier reached on bunt single to right, Smith scored, Ramos to third31
      • 3RD INNING
        Castellanos singled to right, Turnbull and Goodrum scored, Castellanos to second30
      • 1ST INNING
        Castellanos homered to right center10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Jeurys Familia
        • C. Stewart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stewart walked
        • Josh Harrison ran for Christin Stewart
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Rodriguez struck out swinging
        • B. Dixon: Strike looking, Harrison stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dixon singled to left, Harrison to third
        • J. Hicks: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dixon stole second, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones singled to left
        • Miguel Cabrera hit for Spencer Turnbull
        • M. Cabrera: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
        • N. Goodrum: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Jones stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Goodrum walked
        • Jeurys Familia relieved Zack Wheeler
        • D. Lugo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Lugo struck out swinging
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Daniel Stumpf pitching
        • Do. Smith: Smith singled to left
        • M. Conforto: Conforto flied out to center
        • W. Ramos: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramos flied out to right
        • Zac Reininger relieved Daniel Stumpf
        • T. Frazier: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Frazier flied out to shallow right
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez struck out looking
        • B. Dixon: Dixon popped out to second
        • J. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Hicks grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • J. Lagares: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Lagares grounded out to pitcher
        • Z. Wheeler: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Wheeler grounded out to third
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • D. Lugo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Lugo lined out to left
        • N. Castellanos: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Castellanos struck out looking
        • C. Stewart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • M. Conforto: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto hit by pitch
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramos grounded out to third, Conforto to second
        • T. Frazier: Frazier fouled out to third
        • C. Gomez: Ball, Foul, Gomez reached on an infield single to pitcher, Conforto to third
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Gomez stole second, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones popped out to pitcher
        • S. Turnbull: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Turnbull struck out swinging
        • N. Goodrum: Foul, Ball, Foul, Goodrum flied out to left
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • Z. Wheeler: Foul, Strike swinging, Wheeler singled to center
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • Do. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Smith grounded into double play second to third to first, Wheeler out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • R. Rodriguez: Strike looking, Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Dixon grounded out to second
        • J. Hicks: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hicks grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • Do. Smith: Smith doubled to deep center
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Conforto grounded out to third
        • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos singled to left, Smith to third
        • T. Frazier: Frazier reached on bunt single to right, Smith scored, Ramos to third
        • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Hechavarria homered to right, Ramos and Frazier scored
        • J. Lagares: Strike swinging, Lagares grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Jones singled to right
        • S. Turnbull: Strike looking, Ball, Turnbull reached on fielder's choice to second, Jones out at second
        • N. Goodrum: Ball, Goodrum singled to right, Turnbull to second
        • D. Lugo: Lugo grounded out to shortstop, Turnbull to third, Goodrum to second
        • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos singled to right, Turnbull and Goodrum scored, Castellanos to second
        • C. Stewart: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Stewart flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • J. Lagares: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
        • Z. Wheeler: Ball, Foul, Foul, Wheeler singled to center
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Rosario grounded into double play second to first, Wheeler out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Rodriguez grounded out to first
        • B. Dixon: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dixon struck out swinging
        • J. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Hicks struck out on foul tip
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier lined out to left
        • C. Gomez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
        • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
        • N. Goodrum: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Goodrum lined out to left
        • D. Lugo: Foul, Foul, Lugo grounded out to third
        • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Castellanos homered to right center
        • C. Stewart: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Stewart struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • S. Turnbull Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • Do. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smith walked
        • M. Conforto: Conforto grounded out to second, Smith to second
        • W. Ramos: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)