Marte's hustle secures Mets' win in extras

2 years ago

PHOENIX — Starling Marte hit a chopper to third base, quickly dropped his bat and bolted down the first-base line.

Reaching a sprint speed of 30.2 feet per second — his fastest tracked by Statcast this season — the Mets’ No. 2 hitter had a good chance of beating the throw from the D-backs’ Matt Davidson. When first-base umpire Will Little signaled out, Marte was confident he had been safe, immediately waving his arms.

That led to a crucial replay review. If Marte was ruled safe, New York would have a 10th-inning lead. If not, it would remain tied with Arizona heading to the bottom of the frame.

Marte’s hustle had paid off. The call was overturned, and he had a go-ahead RBI infield single that plated Jeff McNeil from third. Then, the Mets held on for a 6-5 win on Friday at Chase Field as Seth Lugo worked a scoreless 10th for his first save of the year.

Lugo closed out the victory after Edwin Díaz had his first blown save of the season in the ninth, when Daulton Varsho hit a game-tying two-out solo home run.