Mets rally to stun Phillies in 11th

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Charles O’Brien

Jose Reyes hit a ty­ing two-run homer in the ninth in­ning and As­brubal Cabr­era hit a three­run drive in an 11th-in­ning come­back to lift the New York Mets to a dra­matic 9-8 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday night that as­sured them of re­main­ing in the NL wild­card lead.

New York trailed 6-4 when pinch-hit­ter Bran­don Nimmo sin­gled off Jean­mar Gomez lead­ing off the ninth and Reyes sent changeup over the right­field wall with one out. Reyes, who re­joined the Mets this sum­mer, danced with Ale­jan­dro De Aza in the dugout be­fore ex­chang­ing ex­u­ber­ant high-fives with team­mates.

Philadelphia went ahead 8-6 in the 11th when A.J. El­lis hit an RBI sin­gle off Jeurys Fa­milia and Jim Hen­der­son (2-2) walked Maikel Franco with the bases loaded.

Pinch-hit­ter Michael Con­forto walked against Edubray Ramos (1-3) with one out in the bot­tom half, Reyes sin­gled and Cabr­era, who has been play­ing with a strained left knee ten­don, sent a slider soar­ing to right, set­ting off a wild cel­e­bra­tion. The Mets had been 0-63 this year when trail­ing af­ter eight in­nings.

New York, which stopped a three-game skid, be­gan the night tied with St. Louis and San Francisco for the NL wild-card lead.

The Mets used 27 play­ers, in­clud­ing 10 pitch­ers, to win a New York used to win a strug­gle that took 4 hours, 23 min­utes.

Bos­ton has won eight straight to open a 5½-game lead over idle Toronto in the AL East. With 13 vic­to­ries in their last 16 games, the Red Sox have moved within one game of Texas for best record in the AL.

Bal­ti­more fell seven games out and dropped 1½ games be­hind the Blue Jays for the top AL wild card. It was the first time since 2002 that the Ori­oles were swept at home by Bos­ton in a four-game se­ries.

Price (17-8) gave up three runs and six hits in seven in­ning, walk­ing two and strik­ing out five. The Red Sox have won each of the left-han­der’s last nine starts since Aug. 7.

Koji Ue­hara worked the eighth, and Craig Kim­brel got three straight outs for his 29th save in 31 chances.

Bal­ti­more trailed 3-0 be­fore Trey Mancini, start­ing his se­cond ma­jor league game, hit a ty­ing three-run homer in the third in­ning. It was his se­cond home run in six at-bats.

Bos­ton used a walk, a wild pitch and Andrew Ben­in­tendi’s two-out RBI sin­gle off Vance Wor­ley (2-2) to move back in front in the fifth.

Ramirez hit his 29th homer in the sev­enth to make it 5-3 and send the Red Sox to their eighth straight win over an AL East foe, their long­est such run since 1990.

Ori­oles starter Chris Till­man gave up three runs, five hits and walked three in 1 2/3 in­nings, his short­est out­ing since June 2015.

Bos­ton got a first-in­ning RBI sin­gle from Han­ley Ramirez and added two runs in the se­cond, the last on a bases-loaded walk to David Or­tiz that ended Till­man’s out­ing.

A here-we-go-again pall en­gulfed Ori­oles fans in the crowd of 26,788, but their spir­its were rekin­dled when Mancini lined a 2-2 pitch into the left-field seats. The stand­ing ova­tion con­tin­ued un­til Price threw his next pitch.

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