NEW YORK — For the surging Mets, a four-game series against the reigning National League West champion Giants offered a significant early-season test. So far, they have passed. Francisco Lindor hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning of Game 1 of a doubleheader on Tuesday to give the Mets a 5-4 win and the second-best record (8-3) in baseball.
The Mets nearly gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th, but in a key play, Pete Alonso kept his foot on the first-base bag to corral an errant Lindor throw. That ended the half-inning, giving the Mets a chance to walk things off. With runners on the corners and one out against Jarlin García, Lindor slashed a single back up the middle, plating Brandon Nimmo with the winning run.
For the first time this season, Mets starter Tylor Megill appeared mortal, allowing four runs over the first three innings as his peak fastball velocity dipped into the mid-90s. But Megill recovered to end his afternoon with three consecutive scoreless innings, ensuring that the Mets’ multiple late rallies would matter.
The first of those occurred in the fifth inning, when Travis Jankowski beat out a potential double-play ball to keep pressure on Giants starter Alex Cobb. James McCann, Jeff McNeil and Lindor all followed with two-base hits to tie the game.