Almost exactly one year later, the magic of Patrick Mazeika is back.
Unlike last May, when he hit a pair of outfield picks over a five-day span, Mazeika’s game-winning shot for the Mets on Saturday night left the infield — and in a big way.
Just after the Mets bullpen took a three-run lead, the recently called catcher smashed a seventh-inning home run to secure a 5-4 win over the Mariners in front of a buzzing crowd of 37,140 at Citi Field. .
Queens baddie Jesse Winker tied the game 4-4 in the top of the seventh with a three-run homer against Chasen Shreve, but Mazeika quickly restored the Mets’ lead. He ignited a 97 mph fastball from Andres Muñoz and hit a 370-foot blast that cut through the fog and landed in the right field seats.
Mazeika, who joined the Mets on Friday from Triple-A after James McCann landed on the disabled list, had a tough night behind the plate as he struggled to get on the same page as starter Chris Bassitt. But he made up for it with a big swing.
Adam Ottavino then blocked a runner on third base in the eighth inning before Edwin Diaz hit the team in the ninth against his old team – ending the game by swaying Winker out.
After rain delayed the start of the match by an hour and eight minutes, Bassitt was not at his best. He skirted traffic for most of his outing, however, to limit the Mariners to just one run over 5 ²/₃ innings.
Seth Lugo picked up Bassitt in the sixth and pulled him out of a jam, but then created another one in the seventh inning, allowing a pair of one-out singles.
Shreve came to face Winker, who was booed all round. Winker made himself even more hated, smashing out a three-run homer that tied the score at 4-4. After crossing home plate, Winker leaned into the villain role – which dates back to 2019 when the former Red tweeted back and forth with fans in left field – waving at the booing crowd .
But Mazeika gave the Mets the final say.
Starling Marte also had a good night to power the Mets offense, going 3-for-4 with three runs and a stolen base, falling one home run short of the cycle.
Mariners right-hander George Kirby, a native of Rye, NY, who was making his second career MLB start after being called up last weekend, had an audible cheer section of family and friends in attendance. While the right-hander didn’t get much help from his defensemen, the Mets also forced him to throw 89 pitches to go four innings. Kirby scattered three hits and a walk and allowed three runs, although only one was earned.
The Mets won two challenges in the first inning: one confirming that Bassitt had knocked out Eugenio Suarez at second base with the bases loaded to finish the frame and another that Marte had dived safely into third base with a triple.
Marte then scored on Francisco Lindor’s single off an infield shot, giving the Mets a 1-0 lead.
Lindor kicked another run in the third inning when he hit a sacrifice fly to score Brandon Nimmo for the 2-0 lead. Nimmo had reached an error and went third on a brace from Marte that came off the gauntlet of a diving Julio Rodriguez into left center field.
A batter later, Jeff McNeil roped in another sacrificial volley to right field to make it 3-0.
Pete Alonso started the offensive attack in the fifth inning, drilling a brace to left field to score Marte and push the Mets up to 4-0.