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Mets rally to beat Pirates after rough first inning

The start wasn’t pretty, but the turnaround win over the Pirates was much needed for the Mets on Sunday.

New York found itself down by six after the first as All-Star starter Taijuan Walker gave up six runs in just one-third of an inning — three of which came on an infield single from Kevin Newman and Walker’s ensuing error.

But after clawing back into the game with help from a three-run homer from Travis Blankenhorn, it was Michael Conforto who delivered the clutch go-ahead two-run blast the Mets needed to avoid a sweep, finishing off their weekend series with a 7-6 comeback win over Pittsburgh at PNC Park.

A day after New York gave up a walk-off grand slam, Dominic Smith led off the top of the ninth inning with a single against Richard Rodríguez to set up Conforto to give the Mets their first lead of the day.