NEW YORK—Out with a serious back injury for much of the season, David Wright is enjoying every minute of the N.Y. Mets’ dominating stretch run.
Even better, the team captain is contributing to its success.
Wright had a go-ahead double in the seventh inning, and Yoenis Cespedes homered again, as the Mets edged the Miami Marlins 4-3 last night for their eighth-straight win.
The Mets’ lead in the NL East remained at 9.5 games, with 18 to left play, as Washington topped Philadelphia 8-7 in 11 innings.
“It was nice to come through,” Wright smiled.
“September baseball,” he added. “It’s been a while since I’ve experienced coming in here and flipping on the TV to different games and celebrating wins like that.”
With two outs and runners on first and second, Wright hit a fastball from reliever Kyle Barraclough (2-1) to the deepest part of the park, well over the head of scrambling centre fielder Christian Yelich, for a ground-rule double—scoring pinch-runner Eric Young Jr. and giving the Mets a 4-3 lead.
“It’s huge for not only us but for David,” said Mets’ manager Terry Collins.
“He’s such a great guy and a great leader,” Collins added. “It’s nice to have him back.”
Travis d’Arnaud also homered for New York.
“I thought it was a well-played ball game,” noted Marlins’ interim manager Dan Jennings.
“It was just a case of two bad pitches that hurt us.”
Hansel Robles (4-2) pitched a scoreless seventh for the win.
Jeurys Familia was perfect in the ninth for his 41st save in 46 opportunities.
Logan Verrett, making a spot in start in place of Matt Harvey, who was skipped in the rotation to limit his innings, pitched one-run ball for five.
“There was definitely a lot of adrenaline. I’m not going to lie,” Verrett said.
“We got off to a good roll there in the first inning and just kind of kept it going.”
Elsewhere in the NL, L.A. beat Colorado 4-1, San Francisco downed Cincinnati 5-3, and San Diego dumped Arizona 10-3.