NEW YORK — Brandon Nimmo made a great catch, Timmy Trumpet was able to play his music and Edwin Diaz closed it out.
Beginning with Jacob deGrom, the Mets weren’t out of tune Wednesday at Citi Field.
Nimmo preserved deGrom’s win with his tackle off the wall, while Diaz took the mound to live Trumpet music, before making the save as New York beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Wednesday. .
“It was amazing,” deGrom said. “There was a great atmosphere. The fans were involved at all times.”
Starling Marte hit a two-run homer off All-Star left-hander Tyler Anderson (13-3) and the Mets evened the series between the top two teams in the National League. This Thursday, the third meeting will take place.
Mookie Betts homered off deGrom (4-1), giving him 32 homers for the year. But that wasn’t enough for the Dodgers, during a tight pitching duel with playoff overtones that lasted 2 hours and 19 minutes.
In his sixth start of the season after recovering from injury, deGrom hit 102 mph on the radar gun and had nine strikeouts in seven innings. He gave up three hits and didn’t walk.
With the score at 2-1 in the seventh inning, Justin Turner hit a pitch from deGrom to center field. Nimmo caught the ball near the crest of the fence, with a sensational leap.
As the game reached the ninth inning, it was time for Trumpet and Diaz to shine.
The Australian musician was in the park for the second night in a row looking to play his song “Narco” live, with which Puerto Rican Diaz usually climbs the mound, in the midst of an outstanding campaign.
Diaz didn’t pitch Tuesday in a 4-3 loss, and Trumpet resigned himself to playing just one version of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning hiatus. Now, he delighted the 41,799 fans, who jumped to their feet when the closer made his appearance.
Trumpet entered from the anteroom side, wearing a jersey bearing Diaz’s number 39. Then he started playing.
“I tried to watch a little bit when he was running, to see the reaction of the fans,” Diaz said. “It was so much fun, I could feel the vibe from the fans. So exciting that everyone got involved.”
Diaz quickly retired the second, third and fourth hitters for the Dodgers to reach 29 saves in 32 chances.
For the Dodgers, no Latin Americans hit.
For the Mets, Dominican Starling Marte 4-1 with one run scored and two produced. Puerto Ricans Francisco Lindor 4-1, Tomás Nido 3-1. The Venezuelan Eduardo Escobar 3-1.
at Citi Field, where he pulled off the save as the New York Mets beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 on Wednesday.
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deGrom, Nimmo figures in Mets win over Dodgers