NEW YORK (AP) — Rookie Pete Alonso hit a game-winning sacrifice fly off Cincinnati closer Raisel Iglesias in the 10th inning, and the New York Mets rebounded from a blown ninth-inning lead to beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 Tuesday night and avoid dropping below .500 for the first time this year.
J.D. Davis, who entered in a ninth-inning double switch, doubled to left-center to cap a 10-pitch at-bat leading off the 10th against Iglesias (1-4). Jeff McNeil singled sharply to put runners at the corners with his fourth hit of the game.
With the infield in and outfield shallow, Alonso hit a fly to the warning track in right.
New York, which had lost four of five coming in, is just 15-14 despite a 5-1 start.
Backed by McNeil’s run-scoring bunt single in the third, Jason Vargas had a two-hit shutout when he pitched into the sixth inning for the first time this year. Joey Votto flied out to the center field warning track leading off the sixth and Eugenio Suarez homered on the next pitch.
With closer Edwin Diaz unavailable after pitching three days in a row, former Mets closer Jeurys Familia tried for his second regular-season six-out save. Even with a 3-1 lead, he fell one out short.
Familia struck out his first two batters in the ninth, walked Jesse Winker on four pitches, then allowed consecutive singles to Jose Iglesias, Farmer and birthday boy Jose Peraza, who turned 25.
Daniel Zamora loaded the bases with a walk to Votto, but rookie Drew Gagnon (1-0) struck out Eugenio Suarez. Gagnon escaped a two-out jam in the 10th when Iglesias popped out. Derek Dietrich was hit by a pitch for the fourth time this season and 97th time in his big league career, and McNeil misplayed a grounder to second for an error that created the trouble.
McNeil put the Mets ahead in the third with a two-out, run-scoring bunt single against major league ERA leader Luis Castillo, but Suarez hit a tying home run off Vargas leading off the sixth.
Todd Frazier, a two-time All-Star for the Reds from 2011-15, homered on the first pitch of the seventh for a 2-1 lead. Michael Conforto, in a 1-for-18 slide, added an RBI single in the eighth off Amir Garrett, a former college basketball player at nearby St. John’s.
Castillo allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings, and his ERA rose from 1.23 to 1.45, losing the big league lead. Five of his seven strikeouts were on changeups, a season-long pattern: He has gotten 38 of 50 Ks on changeups overall.
Vargas allowed just one run for the third straight start and gave up three hits in a season-high 5 1/3 innings.