Gurriel Jr. hits tiebreaking HR, Jays rally to beat Mets 8-6

TORONTO (AP) In line for his first win in more than two months, Zack Wheeler had to watch as the New York Mets bullpen turned a five-run lead into a two-run deficit.

Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the eighth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat the struggling Mets 8-6 on Tuesday night.

''Wheeler threw a gem,'' said Mets reliever Anthony Swarzak, who allowed three runs. ''We should have won this game.''

Yangervis Solarte hit a game-tying three-run home run off Robert Gsellman in the seventh before Gurriel Jr. went deep off Tim Peterson (1-1) in the eighth as the Blue Jays won for the 11th time in 14 home games.

''A couple of pitches that we didn't quite execute, and they put them out of the park,'' New York manager Mickey Callaway said.

The Mets have lost 11 of 13.

John Axford (2-1) pitched 1 2/3 innings to earn the win. Tyler Clippard got the final out for his sixth save in 10 opportunities, stranding runners at first and second.

Wheeler allowed two runs and three hits in 6 1/3 innings but was denied his first victory since April 29 at San Diego.

''He did great job tonight,'' Callaway said. ''Obviously deserved a better fate than he got.''

Wheeler pitched seven scoreless innings against Pittsburgh in his previous start but the Mets lost 5-3.

''This is a good little stretch right now and hopefully I can keep it going,'' Wheeler said.

Asdrubal Cabrera and Devin Mesoraco each hit two-run home runs for the Mets. Wilmer Flores added a solo shot.

Cabrera connected against Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada in the first and Mesoraco homered off Jake Petricka in the second.

Estrada was removed after 12 pitches because of a sore left hip. He faced three batters and got one out. Estrada allowed two runs and one hit.

''His left hip has been bothering him a little bit,'' Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. ''It was bothering him in his last start but it was worse tonight.''

X-rays were negative. Estrada was undergoing an MRI following the game.

Petricka replaced Estrada and pitched 2 2/3 innings.

Mets outfielder Jose Bautista went 1 for 2 with a single and three walks in his first game in Toronto since leaving the Blue Jays at the end of last season, ending a 10-year run north of the border.

The crowd of 24,010 gave Bautista a standing ovation before his first at bat. The two-time home run champion took off his batting helmet and acknowledged both the fans and the Blue Jays dugout before drawing a five-pitch walk and scoring on Cabrera's 15th homer.

''Great to be recognized, great to acknowledge the fans and great to know they feel good I'm back and wanted to recognize me,'' Bautista said.

Bautista made a diving catch to retire Russell Martin for the final out of the second but was charged with a two-base error in the seventh when Randal Grichuk's single skipped past him and rolled to the wall.

''I was actually going to try to make a play at first,'' Bautista said. ''It was a good one to make an attempt, but the ball bounced a little higher than expected.''

Kevin Plawecki replaced Mesoraco at catcher in the seventh. Mesoraco was struck on the helmet by the carom when Travis was hit by a pitch in the fifth. Mesoraco was hit again by a swing in the sixth.

Callaway said Mesoraco passed concussion tests but would be monitored overnight.

TUNED IN

The Blue Jays played Bautista's old walk-up music, Usher's ''OMG,'' before his first at bat. ''That caught me by surprise,'' Bautista said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: OF Yoenis Cespedes (right hip) felt fine after running a series of sprints Monday, manager Mickey Callaway said. It was the first time Cespedes had run since leaving a minor league rehab game June 9. ... RHP Noah Syndergaard (right index finger) and LHP Jason Vargas (right calf) faced each other in a simulated game at the Mets' spring training facility in Florida Tuesday. Syndergaard threw 50 pitches and Vargas threw 65.

Blue Jays: RHP Seunghawn Oh (flu-like symptoms) was not available. ... Minor league 3B prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (left knee) has resumed batting practice and is expected to participate in infield drills this weekend. Guerrero Jr. is working out at Toronto's spring training facility in Florida.

UP NEXT

Mets RHP Corey Oswalt (0-1, 9.82) faces Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman (1-5, 6.02) in Wednesday's series finale. Oswalt made his major league debut against Miami on June 29, allowing six runs in 2 2/3 innings. Stroman won for the first time this season in his previous outing, pitching seven innings against Detroit.

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NYM33-49
220100100681
TOR40-45
00001052X870
  • W: J. Axford (2-1)L: T. Peterson (0-1)S: T. Clippard (6)
  • HR: NYM - A. Cabrera (15), D. Mesoraco (8), W. Flores (7), TOR - Y. Solarte (16), L. Gurriel (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Nimmo CF41100120.264.382.527.9092.0
J. Bautista RF21100300.223.387.438.8255.0
A. Cabrera 2B21121312.281.330.489.8199.5
J. Reyes PR00000000.179.256.245.5020.0
M. Conforto LF50110025.222.344.381.7252.0
W. Flores DH41111002.259.319.453.7726.0
T. Frazier 3B40000010.217.302.377.679-0.5
D. Smith 1B41200010.240.269.440.7094.5
D. Mesoraco C31121011.225.312.424.7366.5
K. Plawecki C10000000.229.360.386.7460.0
A. Rosario SS40000010.241.285.356.641-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    C. Granderson DH41210101.254.364.467.8317.0
    T. Hernandez LF31100112.261.313.518.8312.5
    Y. Solarte 3B41131011.250.308.451.7597.5
    J. Smoak 1B30000100.232.358.434.7921.0
    K. Pillar CF40000002.245.277.401.6790.0
    R. Martin C31000110.165.321.286.6071.5
    R. Grichuk RF32100021.210.278.451.7283.0
    L. Gurriel SS41131000.225.244.388.6318.0
    D. Travis 2B21100100.230.282.376.6584.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Nimmo (10), M. Conforto (10), D. Smith 2 (5)
      • HR - A. Cabrera (15), W. Flores (7), D. Mesoraco (8)
      • RBI - A. Cabrera 2 (47), M. Conforto (25), W. Flores (27), D. Mesoraco 2 (21)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Conforto (10)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Granderson 2 (13)
      • HR - Y. Solarte (16), L. Gurriel (4)
      • RBI - C. Granderson (27), Y. Solarte 3 (48), L. Gurriel 3 (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson (14), Y. Solarte 3 (24), L. Gurriel 2 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - B. Nimmo (3)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Nimmo (4)
      • E - J. Bautista (3)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Smoak-Gurriel)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Wheeler6.13223504.361.3115.5
      A. Swarzak0.11332006.281.81-6.0
      R. Gsellman (BS, 5)0.11110014.441.34-2.0
      T. Peterson1.02220013.380.83-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Wheeler6.1
      A. Swarzak0.1
      R. Gsellman (BS, 5)0.1
      T. Peterson1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Estrada0.11221114.721.32-3.5
      J. Petricka2.22221115.252.001.5
      P. Guilmet1.121111111.702.20-0.5
      T. Mayza1.11001103.751.501.5
      J. Biagini0.20112106.451.81-2.5
      A. Loup0.21000104.081.40-0.5
      J. Axford (W, 2-1)1.21001304.281.309.5
      T. Clippard (S, 6)0.10000003.101.137.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - A. Swarzak
      • HBP - Z. Wheeler (4), T. Peterson
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 107-70, A. Swarzak 21-11, R. Gsellman 8-6, T. Peterson 17-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 7-6, A. Swarzak 1-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 25, A. Swarzak 4, R. Gsellman 2, T. Peterson 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 12-7, J. Petricka 34-18, P. Guilmet 32-22, T. Mayza 37-24, J. Biagini 17-8, A. Loup 7-5, J. Axford 28-16, T. Clippard 3-2
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Petricka 5-1, P. Guilmet 1-2, J. Biagini 1-0, J. Axford 2-0, T. Clippard 1-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 3, J. Petricka 10, P. Guilmet 7, T. Mayza 5, J. Biagini 4, A. Loup 3, J. Axford 7, T. Clippard
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Nimmo CF41100120.264.382.527.9092.0
      J. Bautista RF21100300.223.387.438.8255.0
      A. Cabrera 2B21121312.281.330.489.8199.5
      J. Reyes PR00000000.179.256.245.5020.0
      M. Conforto LF50110025.222.344.381.7252.0
      W. Flores DH41111002.259.319.453.7726.0
      T. Frazier 3B40000010.217.302.377.679-0.5
      D. Smith 1B41200010.240.269.440.7094.5
      D. Mesoraco C31121011.225.312.424.7366.5
      K. Plawecki C10000000.229.360.386.7460.0
      A. Rosario SS40000010.241.285.356.641-0.5
      Total3368637910-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        C. Granderson DH41210101.254.364.467.8317.0
        T. Hernandez LF31100112.261.313.518.8312.5
        Y. Solarte 3B41131011.250.308.451.7597.5
        J. Smoak 1B30000100.232.358.434.7921.0
        K. Pillar CF40000002.245.277.401.6790.0
        R. Martin C31000110.165.321.286.6071.5
        R. Grichuk RF32100021.210.278.451.7283.0
        L. Gurriel SS41131000.225.244.388.6318.0
        D. Travis 2B21100100.230.282.376.6584.0
        Total308772557-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Nimmo (10), M. Conforto (10), D. Smith 2 (5)
          • HR - A. Cabrera (15), W. Flores (7), D. Mesoraco (8)
          • RBI - A. Cabrera 2 (47), M. Conforto (25), W. Flores (27), D. Mesoraco 2 (21)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Conforto (10)
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Granderson 2 (13)
          • HR - Y. Solarte (16), L. Gurriel (4)
          • RBI - C. Granderson (27), Y. Solarte 3 (48), L. Gurriel 3 (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - C. Granderson (14), Y. Solarte 3 (24), L. Gurriel 2 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - B. Nimmo (3)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - B. Nimmo (4)
          • E - J. Bautista (3)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Smoak-Gurriel)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Z. Wheeler6.13223504.361.3115.5
          A. Swarzak0.11332006.281.81-6.0
          R. Gsellman (BS, 5)0.11110014.441.34-2.0
          T. Peterson1.02220013.380.83-1.0
          Total9.091010553---
          PITCHERSIP
          Z. Wheeler6.1
          A. Swarzak0.1
          R. Gsellman (BS, 5)0.1
          T. Peterson1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Estrada0.11221114.721.32-3.5
          J. Petricka2.22221115.252.001.5
          P. Guilmet1.121111111.702.20-0.5
          T. Mayza1.11001103.751.501.5
          J. Biagini0.20112106.451.81-2.5
          A. Loup0.21000104.081.40-0.5
          J. Axford (W, 2-1)1.21001304.281.309.5
          T. Clippard (S, 6)0.10000003.101.137.0
          Total9.0866793---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Estrada0.1
          J. Petricka2.2
          P. Guilmet1.1
          T. Mayza1.1
          J. Biagini0.2
          A. Loup0.2
          J. Axford (W, 2-1)1.2
          T. Clippard (S, 6)0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - A. Swarzak
          • HBP - Z. Wheeler (4), T. Peterson
          • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 107-70, A. Swarzak 21-11, R. Gsellman 8-6, T. Peterson 17-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 7-6, A. Swarzak 1-0
          • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 25, A. Swarzak 4, R. Gsellman 2, T. Peterson 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Estrada 12-7, J. Petricka 34-18, P. Guilmet 32-22, T. Mayza 37-24, J. Biagini 17-8, A. Loup 7-5, J. Axford 28-16, T. Clippard 3-2
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Petricka 5-1, P. Guilmet 1-2, J. Biagini 1-0, J. Axford 2-0, T. Clippard 1-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Estrada 3, J. Petricka 10, P. Guilmet 7, T. Mayza 5, J. Biagini 4, A. Loup 3, J. Axford 7, T. Clippard
          • 8TH INNING
            Gurriel homered to left center, Grichuk scored68
          • 7TH INNING
            Solarte homered to right, Granderson and Hernandez scored66
            Travis scored, Granderson to third on wild pitch63
            Gurriel grounded out to first, Grichuk scored62
            Conforto doubled to deep right, Nimmo scored, Bautista to third61
          • 5TH INNING
            Granderson doubled to deep right, Martin scored, Travis to third51
          • 4TH INNING
            Flores homered to center50
          • 2ND INNING
            Mesoraco homered to left, Smith scored40
          • 1ST INNING
            Cabrera homered to right, Bautista scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • J. Axford Pitching:
            • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rosario grounded out to first
            • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Bautista singled to center
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked, Bautista to second
            • Tyler Clippard relieved John Axford
            • Jose Reyes ran for Asdrubal Cabrera
            • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Ball, Conforto grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • John Axford relieved Aaron Loup
            • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
            • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • K. Plawecki: Strike looking, Ball, Plawecki grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Timothy Peterson relieved Robert Gsellman
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Foul, Pillar flied out to center
            • R. Martin: Ball, Ball, Martin flied out to deep right
            • R. Grichuk: Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk hit by pitch
            • L. Gurriel: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Gurriel homered to left center, Grichuk scored
            • D. Travis: Foul, Ball, Travis singled to center
            • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Biagini Pitching:
            • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bautista walked, Nimmo to second
            • Aaron Loup relieved Joe Biagini
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
            • M. Conforto: Conforto doubled to deep right, Nimmo scored, Bautista to third
            • W. Flores: Flores flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Kevin Plawecki catching
            • R. Martin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Martin struck out swinging
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Grichuk singled to deep right center, Grichuk to third on right fielder Bautista fielding error
            • Anthony Swarzak relieved Zack Wheeler
            • L. Gurriel: Gurriel grounded out to first, Grichuk scored
            • D. Travis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Travis walked
            • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Granderson doubled to deep right, Travis to third
            • T. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Travis scored, Granderson to third on wild pitch, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hernandez walked
            • Robert Gsellman relieved Anthony Swarzak
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Solarte homered to right, Granderson and Hernandez scored
            • J. Smoak: Smoak fouled out to third
            • End of the 7th (5 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • T. Mayza Pitching:
            • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Flores lined out to right
            • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Frazier popped out to second
            • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Smith doubled to deep left
            • Joe Biagini relieved Tim Mayza
            • D. Mesoraco: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Mesoraco struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Solarte flied out to right
            • J. Smoak: Strike looking, Smoak grounded out to first
            • K. Pillar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pillar flied out to deep center
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • P. Guilmet Pitching:
            • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
            • B. Nimmo: Foul, Foul, Nimmo doubled to left
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
            • Tim Mayza relieved Preston Guilmet
            • A. Cabrera: Strike looking, Nimmo caught stealing, pitcher to third Bautista to second, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
            • R. Martin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martin walked
            • R. Grichuk: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • L. Gurriel: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gurriel grounded out to second, Martin to second
            • D. Travis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Travis hit by pitch
            • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Granderson doubled to deep right, Martin scored, Travis to third
            • T. Hernandez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Preston Guilmet relieved Jake Petricka
            • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Flores homered to center
            • T. Frazier: Foul, Foul, Frazier grounded out to third
            • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Smith lined out to center
            • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Mesoraco flied out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
            • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Granderson walked
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Hernandez singled to left center, Granderson to third, Hernandez out at second
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Solarte struck out swinging
            • J. Smoak: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Smoak walked
            • K. Pillar: Pillar grounded out to catcher
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Petricka Pitching:
            • J. Bautista: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Bautista flied out to right
            • A. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto grounded into double play shortstop to first, Cabrera out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
            • R. Grichuk: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Grichuk struck out swinging
            • L. Gurriel: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gurriel grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Travis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Travis lined out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Petricka Pitching:
            • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Smith: Ball, Foul, Smith doubled to deep right
            • D. Mesoraco: Ball, Mesoraco homered to left, Smith scored
            • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to third
            • B. Nimmo: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
            • J. Smoak: Smoak flied out to center
            • K. Pillar: Ball, Pillar grounded out to third
            • R. Martin: Martin lined out to right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Estrada Pitching:
            • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
            • J. Bautista: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bautista walked
            • A. Cabrera: Cabrera homered to right, Bautista scored
            • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Foul
            • Conforto struck out swinging
            • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Flores grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
            • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Granderson flied out to left
            • T. Hernandez: Ball, Hernandez grounded out to pitcher
            • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Solarte grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)