These three players stood up for the shorthanded Mets in a wild win over the Brewers

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NEW YORK — The Mets have had to take collective action to compensate for injuries that have plagued their roster and pitching staff throughout the season.

Thursday night was no different.

Despite Tylor Megill exiting in the fourth inning with right shoulder discomfort and Starling Marte and Eduardo Escobar both out of the lineup, the Mets still earned a 5-4 win over the Brewers in the final. in the series ahead of 25,002 at Citi Field.

In the eighth inning, a JD Davis first single and Rowdy Tellez errant no-out pitch set the stage for the Mets’ winning run.

Tylor Megill of the New York Mets throws in the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, June 16, 2022 in New York City.

Marte, who was unavailable to hit or throw with a right forearm contusion, stepped in as a pinch runner and scored the go-ahead on a Nick Plummer helicopter down the right side.

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“It was pretty much trying to get something I could put a decent swing on,” Plummer said. “I saw the infield was in there and tried to put something good on the ball. It was really good to have Starling there in third down. You had a really good chance to score a point if you put a good ball into play.”

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Escobar was out with what Buck Showalter called an “out-of-work event,” meaning catcher Patrick Mazeika was the team’s only healthy reserve.

In the top of the ninth inning, Edwin Diaz got help as Hunter Renfroe was sent off at home on a throw from Plummer to Pete Alonso, then pulled Christian Yelich out for his 13th save.

“It was great. A great moment right there to keep the lead like that late in the game,” Alonso said. “It’s huge. I was really happy that we managed to play in time. It was huge and then Sugar did his job closing the door. It was a great team win tonight.”

It capped another home series win for the shorthanded Mets (42-23), who have now won four straight home series.

Megill was cruising with a one-run lead until the fourth inning when he gave up a game-tying home run to Christian Yelich. Then the Brewers loaded the bases with back-to-back singles and Andrew McCutchen wore Megill out with an eight-pitch walk.

The Mets starting pitcher came out after the next pitch to Omar Narvaez, who snatched a two-run single from Chasen Shreve. And Renfroe added one more point about picking a defensive player.

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But trailing 4-1, the Mets took the lead over the next five innings, culminating with the eighth go-ahead.

Here are the main contributors to the Mets victory:

Marc Canha

With Marte out of the starting lineup and southpaw Aaron Ashby on the mound, Canha made his third start from the top position.

New York Mets' Mark Canha, right, celebrates with Nick Plummer after scoring on a two-run homer by Canha in the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, June 16, 2022 in New York.

New York Mets’ Mark Canha, right, celebrates with Nick Plummer after scoring on a two-run homer by Canha in the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, June 16, 2022 in New York.

Showalter’s decision paid off as Canha tied on eight pitches to start the game and then scored the opener on an RBI single from Jeff McNeil.

He delivered one of the biggest hits of the game in the top of the fifth inning when he tied the game at four on a two-run homer to right field.

With the Mets shorthanded, Canha stayed in the game after being hit in the hand in the seventh inning. He looked carefree, landing his first stolen base on the next at-bat.

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Seth Lugo

With Megill only lasting 3⅓ innings, the Mets needed a boost somewhere in their bullpen.

Lugo was nearly perfect in the sixth and seventh innings, while pitching two innings for the third time this season. He provided length, throwing 30 pitches to close the gap to Drew Smith and Diaz over the final two innings.

Lugo pitched a perfect sixth inning with strikeouts from Luis Urias and Narvaez. In the seventh, he started with a strikeout from Renfoe and worked around a field single by making Yelich swing through a low curveball.

“It’s one thing to bring guys in, but they have to bring people out with the pitches they have, and they did that,” Showalter said.

Jeff McNeil

When the Mets needed a spark offensively, McNeil was there to provide it.

With two runners and one out in the first inning, McNeil proved why he was so adept at producing with runners in scoring position.

New York Mets' Jeff McNeil, right, throws to first base after kicking out Milwaukee Brewers' Omar Narvaez (10) in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 16, 2022 in New York City.  Hunter Renfroe was safe at first.  (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil, right, throws to first base after kicking out Milwaukee Brewers’ Omar Narvaez (10) in the fourth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, June 16, 2022 in New York City. Hunter Renfroe was safe at first. (UKTN Photo/Frank Franklin II)

He pushed an RBI single in the middle to tackle the first point. It was his 22nd hit with runners in the scoring position this season, which is tied for third in Major League Baseball.

In the fourth inning, he tied the game with one out and scored the second run of the game from second base on an RBI single by Tomas Nido.

Andrew Tredinnick is the Mets beats editor for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to all Mets analytics, news, deals and more, please sign up today and download our app.

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