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Seven-run ninth lifts Mets over Phillies in series opener

It looked as if the New York Mets were on their way to a second straight loss as they trailed 7-1 going into the ninth inning on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park. Then, the Mets put together a seven-run inning and completed a historic comeback.

Before Thursday, the Mets had lost their last 330 games over the last 25 seasons when trailing by six or more runs entering the final frame, according to ESPN.

Francisco Lindor started the seven-run ninth with a two-run home run to right-center. Later in the inning, Mark Canha made it a three-run game with a run-scoring infield single. J.D. Davis came off the bench and followed that with an RBI double to left to make it a two-run game. Brandon Nimmo smoked a two-run single to center to tie the game. Starling Marte capped off the huge inning with an RBI double to left.

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New York’s first run of the game came in the sixth when Marte launched a solo home run over the wall in left-center.

Right-hander Taijuan Walker got the start for the Mets and struggled in his second game since coming off the injured list. He allowed seven runs (six earned) over four innings while walking two and striking out two. Chasen Shreve, Adonis Medina, and Edwin Díaz combined for scoreless outings in relief.

The Mets will send Max Scherzer to the mound on Friday night. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.