Wilson, Alonso help Mets escape shaky 9th, beat D-backs 3-2

NEW YORK (AP) Justin Wilson watched Mets first baseman Pete Alonso dive for Ketel Marte's line drive and thought maybe the game was over. Then Alonso smothered the ball, and nobody at Citi Field was sure what the Polar Bear would do next.

''Your mind goes a mile a minute in that situation,'' third baseman Todd Frazier said.

On days when closer Seth Lugo can't pitch, New York will take its saves any way it can.

Zack Wheeler pitched one-run ball over seven innings, Wilson navigated four difficult outs for his first save since April and the Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 Tuesday night.

New York has taken the first two games in this key four-game set between NL playoff contenders and closed within three games of the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card. Arizona, which had won 11 of 12 before the consecutive losses, remained 2 1/2 games behind the Cubs.

Frazier drove a pair of run-scoring doubles for the Mets.

''Right now, we have to win that day,'' manager Mickey Callaway said. ''We'll do anything to do that.''

With Lugo unavailable after a two-out save Monday, Wilson got his first save try since April 2, when he recorded five outs to finish off Miami. The left-hander allowed two singles in the ninth before Marte hit a one-out rocket toward Alonso, who knocked the ball down, stepped on first, disregarded the runner heading for second and instead tried to back-pick the lead man at third.

His throw there was too late, leaving Wilson to face Wilmer Flores - a former Met who holds the record for walk-off hits at Citi Field. Wilson struck him out to wrap up his second save.

''Everybody was thinking it would be a great story and a great ending, but it wasn't,'' Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said.

Callaway commended Alonso's decision to throw to third, preventing that runner from scoring the tying run. Frazier said Alonso should have tried to tag the runner at first before stepping on the bag, but he was glad the throw came his way, too.

Former Mets closer Edwin Diaz was warming in the bullpen during the ninth but did not pitch after a pair of stunning blown saves last week, including a week ago in Washington when his meltdown capped the Nationals' seven-run ninth inning rally.

Callaway cited those struggles as the reason Wilson was asked for four outs, even on a day when the veteran lefty didn't have his best stuff.

''He just kind of willed that game, that save,'' Callaway said.

Diamondbacks rookie Zac Gallen (3-5) pitched three-run ball over six innings, becoming the second NL pitcher to begin his career with 14 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or fewer. Montreal's Steve Rogers had 18 such consecutive outings in 1973.

Eduardo Escobar homered off reliever Brad Brach and drove in two for Arizona. He has 112 RBIs.

Wheeler (11-7) struck out seven and allowed seven hits and two walks. The right-hander, set to become a free agent after the season, has a 1.50 ERA over his past three starts.

Gallen struck out nine, including three each against All-Stars Jeff McNeil and Alonso atop the Mets batting order. Gallen is the first pitcher to strike out McNeil three times in a game. He has a 2.66 ERA this season.

''I thought he was fantastic outside of a mistake or two,'' Lovullo said. ''He was pounding the zone.''

BIG CITY DRAMA

Before the game, Mets starter Noah Syndergaard said it was "unfortunate" his complaints to New York's front office and coaching staff about catcher Wilson Ramos were made public and denied any role in leaking the conversations. He said he would be fine with pitching to Ramos going forward. The New York Post reported on Syndergaard's frustrations Monday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: RHP Taijuan Walker (Tommy John surgery) threw a 14-pitch bullpen. He's hoping to throw an inning for Arizona before the end of the season, but manager Torey Lovullo was uncertain if that would be possible. ... RHP Luke Weaver (right forearm tightness) threw a bullpen and felt good. The team hasn't decided if he'll need another before returning to game action.

Mets: New York recalled RHP Chris Mazza from Triple-A Syracuse.

UP NEXT

Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray (12-7, 4.03) hasn't lost a start since July 28. He's been dealing with a blister on his left middle finger but felt good to go after a bullpen Monday. He'll face Mets left-hander Steven Matz (9-8, 4.00), who has allowed two or fewer earned runs in six straight starts.

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  • W: Z. Wheeler (11-7)L: Z. Gallen (3-5)S: J. Wilson (2)
  • HR: ARI - E. Escobar (34)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Flores 2B50000015.313.354.487.841-0.5
E. Escobar 3B41221001.272.323.533.8578.0
C. Walker 1B40100011.260.344.470.8140.5
J. Rojas LF20000212.253.341.387.7283.5
A. Jones RF40100002.267.317.429.7471.0
N. Ahmed SS40200010.263.326.447.7731.5
A. Avila C30000022.207.347.434.781-1.0
a- C. Kelly PH10000001.253.357.509.8660.0
Z. Gallen P20000020.105.105.105.211-1.0
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S. Crichton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- K. Cron PH10100000.213.269.525.7931.0
T. Locastro PR00000000.249.361.335.6960.0
  • a-grounded out for Avila in the 9th
  • b-singled for Gallen in the 7th
  • c-singled for Crichton in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. McNeil LF40000033.322.390.519.908-1.5
P. Alonso 1B40000030.268.366.594.961-1.5
M. Conforto RF40100020.258.358.489.8471.0
W. Ramos C40000011.298.360.434.794-0.5
R. Cano 2B32200010.262.305.437.7424.5
A. Rosario SS21000101.288.324.426.7502.0
B. Nimmo CF20000112.199.367.336.7030.5
J. Lagares CF00000000.209.276.303.5800.0
T. Frazier 3B30230010.236.312.423.7356.5
Z. Wheeler P20000003.220.278.320.5980.0
a- L. Guillorme PH10000000.220.316.360.6760.0
B. Brach P0000-000.250.250.250.000-
J. Wilson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-grounded out for Wheeler in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Marte (32)
  • HR - E. Escobar (34)
  • RBI - E. Escobar 2 (112)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Marte, W. Flores 2 (25), E. Escobar (59), J. Rojas, A. Jones (42), A. Avila (12)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Conforto (26), R. Cano (24), T. Frazier 2 (17)
  • RBI - T. Frazier 3 (62)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil 2 (48), W. Ramos (49)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Marte (10), J. Rojas (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Cano-Rosario-Alonso; Frazier-Cano-Alonso)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Gallen (L, 3-5)6.05332902.661.2210.5
J. Sherfy0.20000101.381.460.5
T. McFarland0.10000005.031.640.0
S. Crichton1.00000204.241.034.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Gallen (L, 3-5)6.0
J. Sherfy0.2
T. McFarland0.1
S. Crichton1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler (W, 11-7)7.07112704.211.3124.5
B. Brach (H, 5)0.21110015.981.65-2.0
J. Wilson (S, 2)1.12001102.381.297.5
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler (W, 11-7)7.0
B. Brach (H, 5)0.2
J. Wilson (S, 2)1.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Gallen 88-61, J. Sherfy 8-6, T. McFarland 2-1, S. Crichton 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Gallen 6-3, J. Sherfy 1-0, S. Crichton 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Gallen 25, J. Sherfy 2, T. McFarland, S. Crichton 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 104-68, B. Brach 10-8, J. Wilson 33-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 7-5, B. Brach 1-1, J. Wilson 3-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 28, B. Brach 3, J. Wilson 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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K. Marte CF41200103.329.389.596.9857.0
W. Flores 2B50000015.313.354.487.841-0.5
E. Escobar 3B41221001.272.323.533.8578.0
C. Walker 1B40100011.260.344.470.8140.5
J. Rojas LF20000212.253.341.387.7283.5
A. Jones RF40100002.267.317.429.7471.0
N. Ahmed SS40200010.263.326.447.7731.5
A. Avila C30000022.207.347.434.781-1.0
a- C. Kelly PH10000001.253.357.509.8660.0
Z. Gallen P20000020.105.105.105.211-1.0
b- J. Lamb PH10100000.201.333.364.6971.0
J. Sherfy P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. McFarland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Crichton P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- K. Cron PH10100000.213.269.525.7931.0
T. Locastro PR00000000.249.361.335.6960.0
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  • a-grounded out for Avila in the 9th
  • b-singled for Gallen in the 7th
  • c-singled for Crichton in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. McNeil LF40000033.322.390.519.908-1.5
P. Alonso 1B40000030.268.366.594.961-1.5
M. Conforto RF40100020.258.358.489.8471.0
W. Ramos C40000011.298.360.434.794-0.5
R. Cano 2B32200010.262.305.437.7424.5
A. Rosario SS21000101.288.324.426.7502.0
B. Nimmo CF20000112.199.367.336.7030.5
J. Lagares CF00000000.209.276.303.5800.0
T. Frazier 3B30230010.236.312.423.7356.5
Z. Wheeler P20000003.220.278.320.5980.0
a- L. Guillorme PH10000000.220.316.360.6760.0
B. Brach P0000-000.250.250.250.000-
J. Wilson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Wheeler in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - K. Marte (32)
  • HR - E. Escobar (34)
  • RBI - E. Escobar 2 (112)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - K. Marte, W. Flores 2 (25), E. Escobar (59), J. Rojas, A. Jones (42), A. Avila (12)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Conforto (26), R. Cano (24), T. Frazier 2 (17)
  • RBI - T. Frazier 3 (62)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil 2 (48), W. Ramos (49)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - K. Marte (10), J. Rojas (2)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Cano-Rosario-Alonso; Frazier-Cano-Alonso)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Gallen (L, 3-5)6.05332902.661.2210.5
J. Sherfy0.20000101.381.460.5
T. McFarland0.10000005.031.640.0
S. Crichton1.00000204.241.034.0
Total8.05332120---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Gallen (L, 3-5)6.0
J. Sherfy0.2
T. McFarland0.1
S. Crichton1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler (W, 11-7)7.07112704.211.3124.5
B. Brach (H, 5)0.21110015.981.65-2.0
J. Wilson (S, 2)1.12001102.381.297.5
Total9.01022381---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler (W, 11-7)7.0
B. Brach (H, 5)0.2
J. Wilson (S, 2)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Gallen 88-61, J. Sherfy 8-6, T. McFarland 2-1, S. Crichton 17-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Gallen 6-3, J. Sherfy 1-0, S. Crichton 1-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Gallen 25, J. Sherfy 2, T. McFarland, S. Crichton 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 104-68, B. Brach 10-8, J. Wilson 33-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 7-5, B. Brach 1-1, J. Wilson 3-0
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 28, B. Brach 3, J. Wilson 7
  • 8TH INNING
    Escobar homered to center23
  • 4TH INNING
    Frazier doubled to left center, Cano scored, Nimmo to third13
  • 2ND INNING
    Frazier doubled to deep left, Cano and Rosario scored12
  • 1ST INNING
    Escobar singled to left, Marte scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Juan Lagares in center field
    • N. Ahmed: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ahmed singled to center
    • Carson Kelly hit for Alex Avila
    • C. Kelly: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kelly grounded out to first, Ahmed to second
    • Kevin Cron hit for Stefan Crichton
    • K. Cron: Cron singled to left, Ahmed to third
    • Tim Locastro ran for Kevin Cron
    • K. Marte: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Marte grounded out to first, Locastro to second
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Flores struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Brad Brach pitching
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Flores grounded out to third
    • E. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Escobar homered to center
    • C. Walker: Strike looking, Walker flied out to center
    • Justin Wilson relieved Brad Brach
    • J. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rojas walked
    • A. Jones: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Rojas stole second, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Jones grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Stefan Crichton relieved T.J. McFarland
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Alonso grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • N. Ahmed: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ahmed grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Avila: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
    • Jake Lamb hit for Zac Gallen
    • J. Lamb: Strike looking, Lamb singled to left center
    • K. Marte: Marte flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jimmie Sherfy pitching
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
    • Luis Guillorme hit for Zack Wheeler
    • L. Guillorme: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Guillorme grounded out to third
    • T.J. McFarland relieved Jimmie Sherfy
    • J. McNeil: Ball, McNeil flied out to deep right
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • E. Escobar: Escobar flied out to deep right
    • C. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Walker flied out to shallow right
    • J. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rojas walked
    • A. Jones: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Jones grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Gallen Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Foul, Foul, Rosario flied out to left
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Nimmo grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • Z. Gallen: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallen struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Marte walked
    • W. Flores: Flores grounded into double play third to second to first, Marte out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Gallen Pitching:
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Ramos grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • C. Walker: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Walker singled to center
    • J. Rojas: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Rojas grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Walker out at second
    • A. Jones: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Jones singled to center
    • N. Ahmed: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ahmed singled to right center, Jones to second
    • A. Avila: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Avila struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Gallen Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Foul, Cano doubled to deep right center
    • A. Rosario: Rosario lined out to left
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Nimmo walked
    • T. Frazier: Foul, Ball, Frazier doubled to left center, Cano scored, Nimmo to third
    • Z. Wheeler: Wheeler reached on fielder's choice to third, Nimmo out at home, Frazier to third
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • Z. Gallen: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallen struck out swinging
    • K. Marte: Marte doubled to deep right center
    • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Flores grounded out to second, Marte to third
    • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Gallen Pitching:
    • P. Alonso: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Conforto grounded out to second
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramos grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • A. Jones: Ball, Jones grounded out to third
    • N. Ahmed: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Ahmed struck out on foul tip
    • A. Avila: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Avila lined out to center
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Gallen Pitching:
    • R. Cano: Ball, Cano singled to right
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked, Cano to second
    • B. Nimmo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Nimmo struck out looking
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Frazier doubled to deep left, Cano and Rosario scored
    • Z. Wheeler: Strike swinging, Wheeler flied out to deep center, Frazier to third
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • K. Marte: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte singled to center
    • W. Flores: Ball, Flores popped out to second
    • E. Escobar: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Marte stole second, Ball, Escobar singled to left, Marte scored
    • C. Walker: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • J. Rojas: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rojas struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Gallen Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Conforto doubled to right
    • W. Ramos: Ramos grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)