January 30, 2023

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Rookie Plummer's 1st homer huge for Mets

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NEW YORK — Somehow, some way, the Mets continue to find ways to snatch wins out of likely defeats.

Rookie Nick Plummer hit a game-tying homer to lead off the ninth inning and Eduardo Escobar followed with a walk-off single in the 10th, sending the Mets to another dramatic 5-4 victory at Citi Field.

Leading the whole game, the Mets fell into a 4-3 hole when Adam Ottavino served up a go-ahead, three-run homer to Nick Castellanos in the eighth. But things flipped again when Plummer hit Corey Knebel’s first pitch in the ninth into the second deck in right field, becoming the 14th Mets player in history to have his first career hit be a home run. The last Met to do it was current pitching coach Jeremy Hefner, exactly 10 years ago to the day.

Plummer was making his first career start in place of Jeff McNeil, who received a day off to rest his legs.

In the 10th, after Francisco Lindor struck out and Pete Alonso was intentionally walked, Escobar ripped the game-winning single into right.

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