NEW YORK — If the Mets are to defy the odds and make the playoffs, they’ll need to ride a rookie who seems up to the challenge. Pete Alonso drew a walk-off walk in the ninth inning Friday night, lifting the Mets to a 5-4 win over the Phillies at Citi Field.
Alonso had given the Mets a lead just one inning earlier, on a ground-ball RBI single, but the Phillies tied things when J.T. Realmuto hit a two-run homer off Edwin Diaz. That brought Alonso back to the plate with the bases loaded in the ninth. He ran the count full before taking the decisive ball four high.
The Mets scored two early runs on Jeff McNeil’s RBI single in the third inning and Michael Conforto’s solo homer in the fourth, then two more during their Alonso-fueled rally in the eighth.
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