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Jose Bautista wins it for Mets with stroll off stupendous pummel after Jacob deGrom agrees to another no-choice


Bautista hit a stupendous pummel with two outs in the ninth inning Friday night as the Mets topped a baffling night with some all-out rapture in a 5-1 victory upon the Rays at Citi Field.

Todd Frazier drew a leadoff stroll in the ninth against Chaz Roe. Devin Mesoraco singled and Amed Rosario yielded them to second and third. After Dominic Smith was resigned on a comebacker for the second out, Brandon Nimmo was deliberately strolled to stack the bases.

“I was searching for a decent pitch and I got it,” Bautista said. “I’m happy I didn’t miss it . . . I knew [of not having a walk-off]. I think sometimes it takes longer.”

Prior to that, it had all the earmarks of being business as usual, and the same hasn’t been all that incredible. DeGrom was splendid through eight innings, permitting one earned run and four hits in 105 pitches, with eight strikeouts, a walk, and one hit batsman — the most recent in a long string of splendid exhibitions that have gone to no end. His ERA dropped to 1.79, best among beginning pitchers in the majors. However, he is 5-4, and the Mets have lost seven out of his nine no-decisions.

The Rays’ solitary run accompanied deGrom nursing a one-run lead in the fifth when Willy Adames hit a letter-high fastball for a home run that tied it at 1.

From that point onward, deGrom kept on cruising, and the Mets kept on doing what they’ve done — that is, not bolster him all that much. Flores was out by a couple of steps, without even attempting a slide.

Against Jeurys Familia, the Rays stacked the bases with one out in the ninth, yet Mallex Smith hit a grounder at first; Flores made a good throw to Mesoraco, yet he corralled it to get out at home and safeguard the tie.

“The objective is to win,” deGrom said. “Regardless of whether I get the win or another person does, the objective is to win ball games.”

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