Risky career of Baez gives victory to Mets

NEW YORK – Javier Báez ran home from start to score the game-ending run on a Michael Conforto single, as the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Tuesday night.

With his score, the Puerto Rican Báez received acclamations from the fans with whom he had antagonized days before.

In the resumption of a game suspended by rain on April 11, the Mets scored five runs in the final inning and won the engagement when Baez scored, following a Marlins error.

Baez was booed upon entering as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning, hours after he apologized for revealing Sunday that a celebration recently adopted by the team, putting the thumbs down, constituted an indirect criticism of fans.

The public had booed the team amid their recent hardships.

Fans chanted Baez’s name in the ninth inning, when he hit with two on board, two outs and the Mets trailing 5-3. He reached base with a hit inside the box to place the scoreboard 5-4, which generated an ovation from the few fans who arrived at the evening duel.

Then, Conforto hit a single grounded down the third line off Dylan Floro (5-5). Baez ran from initial to the plate when Colombian left fielder Jorge Alfaro couldn’t control the ball.

Originally, plate umpire Tim Timmons flagged that catcher Alex Jackson had touched Baez, who dived for home plate. Later, he saw that the ball had escaped, and declared safe.

New York’s attack began with a two-run home run by Brandon Nimmo.

Dominican Jeurys Familia (8-3) perfectly solved the top of the ninth inning.

For the Marlins, the Colombian Alfaro 4-0. The Dominicans Marte 1-0, Jesús Sánchez 5-1, Bryan de la Cruz 3-1 with an RBI, Magneuris Sierra without an official turn but with a run scored. Venezuelans Jesús Aguilar 5-1 with two RBIs, Miguel Rojas 4-1 with one scored and one RBI, Elieser Hernández 1-0. Puerto Rican Isan Díaz 1-0.

For the Mets, the Puerto Ricans Lindor 3-0, Baez 1-1 with one scored and one produced. Jonathan Villar 4-1 with a run scored and an RBI.

Received 08/31/21 06:22 pm ET