Frazier hits walk-off homer, Mets win 2 over Marlins

NEW YORK (AP) On the day that Mets captain David Wright announced he'll return to play his last big league game during New York's final homestand, Todd Frazier did his fellow third baseman proud.

Michael Conforto and Frazier hit back-to-back homers with two outs in the ninth inning to give New York a 4-3 victory in the first game of a doubleheader, and the Mets went on to sweep the Marlins, winning the nightcap 5-2 on Thursday.

New York had been held to just two hits before the dramatic homers, including starting pitcher Steven Matz's first career home run.

The last Mets third baseman to hit a walk-off homer was Wright in 2008. The seven-time All-Star is expected to be activated from the 60-day disabled list when the team returns home Sept. 25, and is slated to start on Sept. 29 against Miami. Wright has not played in the majors since May 2016.

''He's one of the greatest Mets to play here,'' Frazier said. ''He'll go down as one of the better third basemen to ever play this game. So he deserves all the accolades. And that's Mr. Met right there. So it's awesome to be a part of that. That's pretty cool, especially being a third baseman.''

Although he's not officially retiring, Wright is not expected to play again after this season because of debilitating neck, back and shoulder injuries that have plagued him for years.

''He was our leader,'' Conforto said. ''I'm looking forward to playing with him again at least one more time, taking the field with him, and I'm excited for that. It's going to be fun.''

The Mets have hit 14 homers in their last seven games. It was the fourth time they've swept a doubleheader at Citi Field, which opened in 2009, and the first time in seven years.

New York took three of four in the series and has won nine of 12.

Conforto drove in three more runs in the nightcap, and Jason Vargas pitched six effective innings.

Conforto clubbed a double in front of the visitors' bullpen in right-center field in the fifth inning, scoring two runs and putting New York in front 3-2. The hot-hitting outfielder added an RBI single in the seventh.

''We have to capitalize on mistakes and he's definitely doing that right now,'' manager Mickey Callaway said.

Rookie Tomas Nido got New York on the board in the fifth inning of game two with his first big league homer, a solo shot into the left field seats off Jeff Brigham. Vargas and Amed Rosario followed with consecutive singles, chasing Jeff Brigham (0-2) for reliever Jarlin Garcia.

Vargas (6-9) allowed two runs on three hits, walked two, hit a batter and struck out seven. The veteran left-hander is 4-1 with a 3.09 ERA over his last six starts.

Seth Lugo hurled two scoreless innings in relief, fanning the first five Marlins he faced. Robert Gsellman worked around a two-out walk in the ninth for his 11th save.

Lugo tied a franchise record by striking out at least five batters in consecutive relief appearances and is just the third reliever since at least 1908 with consecutive outings of two innings pitched or shorter with five or more strikeouts.

Brigham led off the third with his first big league hit, a single up the middle. Miguel Rojas followed with his 11th homer, driving a 2-1 fastball into the lower deck in left-center field to give Miami a 2-0 advantage.

The Marlins managed just one more hit the rest of the game.

LATE-INNING MAGIC

The opener was the first time in franchise history that the Mets hit back-to-back homers for a walk-off win, according to Elias. The Mets have five game-ending homers in this otherwise forgettable season. Only the 1962 and 1963 teams had more, with six.

Embattled reliever Kyle Barraclough entered with one out in the ninth and retired Dominic Smith before Conforto lined a 1-0 changeup into the second deck in right to tie the game. Frazier followed by hitting a 1-1 pitch over the wall in left-center field, prompting his teammates to rush from the dugout and mob the veteran third baseman as he crossed home.

''I was hoping that Michael got on. He did his job, and in my mind I was trying to hit a home run,'' Frazier said. ''Those rarely happen. Got a pitch to hit and kind of squeaked one over, so we'll take it.''

Barraclough (0-6) blew a save for the seventh time in 17 opportunities.

Jerry Blevins (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth for the win.

DONNIE BASEBALL

The Mets weren't the only ones happy that Wright will suit up for one last game.

''I'm glad that he's going to get back and be able to play,'' said Marlins manager Don Mattingly, a six-time All-Star and former MVP who also dealt with debilitating back injuries. ''I don't know his whole road, but I know it's been a rough one the last few years.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: OF Austin Dean was a late scratch from the first game because of nausea. He sat out the nightcap.

Mets: C Devin Mesoraco (bulging disk in back) is almost pain-free and could be close to returning, Callaway said.

UP NEXT

Marlins: LHP Wei-Yin Chen (6-10, 4.72 ERA) opens a weekend series in Philadelphia on Friday night.

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (11-3, 3.44) takes on baseball's best team Friday as New York heads to Fenway Park for a three-game set against the Boston Red Sox. Syndergaard is 5-1 over his last seven starts.

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  • W: J. Vargas (6-9)L: J. Brigham (0-2)S: R. Gsellman (11)
  • HR: MIA - M. Rojas (11), NYM - T. Nido (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Rojas 2B41121020.249.295.348.6436.0
L. Brinson CF30100110.203.245.355.6003.5
B. Anderson 3B40100032.272.355.398.753-0.5
P. O'Brien 1B30000102.176.222.412.6341.0
I. Galloway RF30000013.224.333.449.782-0.5
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a- S. Castro PH10000010.284.334.405.740-0.5
J. Riddle SS40000000.228.277.392.6680.0
C. Bostick LF20000020.250.333.375.708-1.0
b- D. Dietrich PH-LF10000110.268.334.429.7630.5
C. Wallach C20000010.111.200.139.3390.5
c- J. Realmuto PH10000001.284.348.499.8470.0
J. Brigham P21100001.500.500.5001.0002.0
J. Garcia P0000-000.000.100.000.000-
R. Ortega RF10000010.246.295.289.585-0.5
  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Bostick in the 7th
  • c-flied out for Wallach in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rosario SS41300000.257.298.389.6874.0
J. McNeil 2B-3B42100003.335.392.484.8773.0
M. Conforto LF40230001.238.342.433.7746.0
D. Smith 1B40110002.220.250.440.6902.0
B. Nimmo RF20000200.268.392.495.8872.0
A. Jackson CF40000034.257.315.333.648-1.5
J. Reyes 3B20000102.196.268.332.6001.0
S. Lugo P0000-000.091.167.091.000-
a- J. Reinheimer PH10000000.167.259.167.4260.0
R. Gsellman P00000000.000.250.000.2500.0
T. Nido C41111003.188.219.275.4956.0
J. Vargas P21100000.130.167.130.2972.0
W. Flores 2B20000010.266.317.418.735-0.5
  • a-flied out for Lugo in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Rojas (11)
  • RBI - M. Rojas 2 (50)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. O'Brien, I. Galloway 3 (3), J. Realmuto, J. Brigham
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Conforto (19)
  • HR - T. Nido
  • RBI - M. Conforto 3 (68), D. Smith (7), T. Nido (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Conforto 2 (22)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Conforto, D. Smith, A. Jackson 2 (2), T. Nido 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Brinson (2)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Nido (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Brigham (L, 0-2)4.15331217.361.91-1.0
J. Garcia0.21000005.051.33-1.0
T. Kinley1.000011014.292.652.5
D. Rucinski1.03221004.081.22-3.0
E. Hernandez1.00000105.251.443.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Brigham (L, 0-2)4.1
J. Garcia0.2
T. Kinley1.0
D. Rucinski1.0
E. Hernandez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (W, 6-9)6.03222716.471.5424.5
S. Lugo (H, 9)2.01000502.691.087.5
R. Gsellman (S, 11)1.00001104.031.259.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (W, 6-9)6.0
S. Lugo (H, 9)2.0
R. Gsellman (S, 11)1.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Rucinski (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Brigham 79-57, J. Garcia 16-13, T. Kinley 14-7, D. Rucinski 23-18, E. Hernandez 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Brigham 2-9, J. Garcia 1-1, T. Kinley 1-1, D. Rucinski 3-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Brigham 19, J. Garcia 3, T. Kinley 4, D. Rucinski 7, E. Hernandez 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Vargas (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 94-66, S. Lugo 38-27, R. Gsellman 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 4-7, R. Gsellman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 24, S. Lugo 7, R. Gsellman 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Rojas 2B41121020.249.295.348.6436.0
L. Brinson CF30100110.203.245.355.6003.5
B. Anderson 3B40100032.272.355.398.753-0.5
P. O'Brien 1B30000102.176.222.412.6341.0
I. Galloway RF30000013.224.333.449.782-0.5
T. Kinley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
D. Rucinski P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Hernandez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- S. Castro PH10000010.284.334.405.740-0.5
J. Riddle SS40000000.228.277.392.6680.0
C. Bostick LF20000020.250.333.375.708-1.0
b- D. Dietrich PH-LF10000110.268.334.429.7630.5
C. Wallach C20000010.111.200.139.3390.5
c- J. Realmuto PH10000001.284.348.499.8470.0
J. Brigham P21100001.500.500.5001.0002.0
J. Garcia P0000-000.000.100.000.000-
R. Ortega RF10000010.246.295.289.585-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Hernandez in the 9th
  • b-struck out for Bostick in the 7th
  • c-flied out for Wallach in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rosario SS41300000.257.298.389.6874.0
J. McNeil 2B-3B42100003.335.392.484.8773.0
M. Conforto LF40230001.238.342.433.7746.0
D. Smith 1B40110002.220.250.440.6902.0
B. Nimmo RF20000200.268.392.495.8872.0
A. Jackson CF40000034.257.315.333.648-1.5
J. Reyes 3B20000102.196.268.332.6001.0
S. Lugo P0000-000.091.167.091.000-
a- J. Reinheimer PH10000000.167.259.167.4260.0
R. Gsellman P00000000.000.250.000.2500.0
T. Nido C41111003.188.219.275.4956.0
J. Vargas P21100000.130.167.130.2972.0
W. Flores 2B20000010.266.317.418.735-0.5
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  • a-flied out for Lugo in the 8th
BATTING
  • HR - M. Rojas (11)
  • RBI - M. Rojas 2 (50)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. O'Brien, I. Galloway 3 (3), J. Realmuto, J. Brigham
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Conforto (19)
  • HR - T. Nido
  • RBI - M. Conforto 3 (68), D. Smith (7), T. Nido (8)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Conforto 2 (22)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Conforto, D. Smith, A. Jackson 2 (2), T. Nido 3 (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Brinson (2)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Nido (4)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Brigham (L, 0-2)4.15331217.361.91-1.0
J. Garcia0.21000005.051.33-1.0
T. Kinley1.000011014.292.652.5
D. Rucinski1.03221004.081.22-3.0
E. Hernandez1.00000105.251.443.5
Total8.0955341---
PITCHERSIP
J. Brigham (L, 0-2)4.1
J. Garcia0.2
T. Kinley1.0
D. Rucinski1.0
E. Hernandez1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Vargas (W, 6-9)6.03222716.471.5424.5
S. Lugo (H, 9)2.01000502.691.087.5
R. Gsellman (S, 11)1.00001104.031.259.5
Total9.04223131---
PITCHERSIP
J. Vargas (W, 6-9)6.0
S. Lugo (H, 9)2.0
R. Gsellman (S, 11)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - D. Rucinski (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Brigham 79-57, J. Garcia 16-13, T. Kinley 14-7, D. Rucinski 23-18, E. Hernandez 8-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Brigham 2-9, J. Garcia 1-1, T. Kinley 1-1, D. Rucinski 3-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Brigham 19, J. Garcia 3, T. Kinley 4, D. Rucinski 7, E. Hernandez 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Vargas (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Vargas 94-66, S. Lugo 38-27, R. Gsellman 15-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Vargas 4-7, R. Gsellman 1-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Vargas 24, S. Lugo 7, R. Gsellman 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Smith grounded out to first, McNeil scored, Conforto to second25
    Conforto singled to right, Rosario scored, McNeil to third24
  • 5TH INNING
    Conforto doubled to deep right, Vargas and McNeil scored23
    Nido homered to left21
  • 3RD INNING
    Rojas homered to left, Brigham scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Robert Gsellman pitching
    • Starlin Castro hit for Elieser Hernandez
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Strike looking, Riddle grounded out to shortstop
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dietrich walked
    • J.T. Realmuto hit for Chad Wallach
    • J. Realmuto: Foul, Realmuto flied out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • S. Lugo Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson singled to right
    • P. O'Brien: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, O'Brien flied out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Elieser Hernandez relieved Drew Rucinski
    • Jack Reinheimer hit for Seth Lugo
    • J. Reinheimer: Ball, Reinheimer flied out to center
    • T. Nido: Nido lined out to third
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Flores struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Wilmer Flores at second base
    • Seth Lugo pitching
    • Derek Dietrich hit for Christopher Bostick
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dietrich struck out looking
    • C. Wallach: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wallach struck out swinging
    • R. Ortega: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ortega struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Drew Rucinski relieved Tyler Kinley
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Flores grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rosario singled to right
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Pickoff attempt, McNeil reached on an infield single to second, Rosario to second
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Conforto singled to right, Rosario scored, McNeil to third
    • D. Smith: Foul, Foul, Smith grounded out to first, McNeil scored, Conforto to second
    • B. Nimmo: Nimmo intentionally walked
    • A. Jackson: Jackson grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • P. O'Brien: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, O'Brien grounded out to shortstop
    • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Galloway grounded out to third
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Riddle lined out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Tyler Kinley pitching
    • Rafael Ortega in right field
    • B. Nimmo: Nimmo grounded out to second
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Jackson struck out on foul tip
    • J. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Reyes walked
    • T. Nido: Ball, Nido fouled out to first
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Rojas grounded out to first
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Brinson flied out to center
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Brigham Pitching:
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Reyes grounded out to second
    • T. Nido: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Nido homered to left
    • J. Vargas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Vargas singled to center
    • A. Rosario: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Rosario singled to left, Vargas to second
    • Jarlin Garcia relieved Jeff Brigham
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, McNeil reached on fielder's choice to second, Vargas to third, Rosario out at second
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Conforto doubled to deep right, Vargas and McNeil scored
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Smith lined out to third
    • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Foul, Ball, Foul, Riddle grounded out to second
    • C. Bostick: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bostick struck out looking
    • C. Wallach: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Wallach hit by pitch
    • J. Brigham: Brigham fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Brigham Pitching:
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Smith flied out to left
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Nimmo popped out to shortstop
    • A. Jackson: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Jackson struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • J. Brigham: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Brigham singled to center
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Rojas homered to left, Brigham scored
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brinson walked
    • B. Anderson: Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • P. O'Brien: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, O'Brien flied out to right
    • I. Galloway: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galloway struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Brigham Pitching:
    • J. Vargas: Ball, Foul, Vargas flied out to left
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Rosario singled to center
    • J. McNeil: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, McNeil popped out to shortstop
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Conforto popped out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Riddle lined out to center
    • C. Bostick: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bostick struck out swinging
    • C. Wallach: Foul, Strike looking, Wallach fouled out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Brigham Pitching:
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Smith singled to center
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Nimmo walked, Smith to second
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Jackson struck out looking
    • J. Reyes: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Reyes popped out to shortstop
    • T. Nido: Foul, Nido lined out to right
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Vargas Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • L. Brinson: Brinson singled to left
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging, Brinson stole second, Brinson stole third
    • P. O'Brien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, O'Brien walked
    • I. Galloway: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Galloway flied out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • J. Brigham Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rosario flied out to deep center
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, McNeil grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Conforto flied out to shallow left
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)