2 years ago

NEW YORK — The Mets have long been subscribers to the Queens varietal of Murphy’s Law: In these parts, whatever can go wrong typically does. For decades, it’s been their brand. The brand was strong.

And yet a notable reversal has occurred over the first two weeks of the 2022 regular season: Whatever can go wrong … typically hasn’t. That proved true throughout Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep at Citi Field, where Max Scherzer delivered a vintage performance in a 3-1 nightcap victory after Francisco Lindor supplied a walk-off hit in the 10th inning of their 5-4 win in Game 1.

Scherzer took a no-hitter into the sixth, when Darin Ruf hit an RBI single to put the potential tying runs on base. But Scherzer escaped that jam and retired the Giants in order in the seventh, producing his first double-digit-strikeout game as a Met.

About an hour after his walk-off single, Lindor sparked the Mets’ key rally in Game 2, doubling off San Francisco starter Logan Webb with one out in the third inning. Eduardo Escobar followed with a two-run double, and Dominic Smith added an RBI hit.