A first-pitch walk-off grand slam by Jose Bautista in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Mets a 5-1 win — the start they wanted in their series opener against the Rays.
This was Bautista’s first career walk-off home run and his sixth career grand slam.
Todd Frazier led off the inning with a walk, then Devin Mesoraco kept the rally going with a single to left field. Amed Rosario laid down the sacrifice bunt to move the runners to second and third. Brandon Nimmo was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Early in the game, the Mets scored an unearned run in the third inning when Nimmo reached second on a throwing error by Rays shortstop Willy Adames. Asdrubal Cabrera later plated Nimmo with a single to left earning his 13th RBI in his last 16 games.
Adames made up for his error in the fifth inning when he belted a solo homer off Jacob deGrom to tie the game at 1.
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