Lindor’s 2-run single in 9th off Chapman rallies Mets over Pirates 3-2 and back to .500

PITTSBURGH — Francisco Lindor hit a two-run single with two outs in the ninth inning against Aroldis Chapman for his third hit of the game, rallying the New York Mets to a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Nick Gonzales hit a two-run single in the eighth off Edwin Díaz (3-1) to give Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead, but the Mets rebounded and again reached .500 at 44-44.

Chapman (1-4) walked Francisco Alvarez leading off the ninth and gave up Harrison Bader’s single. Chapman threw called third strikes past Mark Vientos and Luis Torrens, threw a wild pitch and walked Jose Iglesias.

Lindor pulled a 1-1 slider into left field to reach for the fourth time on an afternoon that included two singles, a double and a walk. Chapman blew a save for the third time in six chances and threw 40 pitches, his most since 42 for Cincinnati on Sept. 15, 2015.

Díaz (3-1) pitched a perfect ninth. He replaced Dedniel Núñez with two on and two outs in the eighth, walked pinch-hitter Joshua Palacios and allowed Gonzales’s single on a first-pitch slider for his fifth blown save in 13 chances. Díaz got a save Saturday in his first appearance after a 10-game suspension for using a banned foreign grip.

Brandon Nimmo gave gave the Mets a 1-0 lead in the eighth with a two-out RBI double off Colin Holderman.

Mets starter Sean Manaea allowed two hits in six innings, striking out striking out six and walking three. Pirates starter Luis Ortiz gave up four hits in six innings.


Mets: Acquired LHP Matt Gage from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash and optioned him to Triple-A Syracuse. RHP Drew Smith (sprained right elbow) was transferred to the 60-day IL.

Pirates: LHP Bailey Falter was placed on the 15-day iIL with left triceps tendonitis. … LHP Justin Bruihl was designated for assignment to make room for RHP Brent Honeywell Jr., whose contract was selected from Triple-A Indianapolis. … C Henry Davis (concussion) had his rehab assignment end, was activated from the IL and was optioned to Indianapolis.


RHP Mitch Keller (9-5, 3.48 ERA) will take the mound for the Pirates on Monday, concluding the four-game series opposite Mets RHP Christian Scott (0-2, 4.32).



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