He won both ends of a doublehead against the Yankees and went on his way to get a boss with a deep pocket.
And he ended the night running from the Yankees in his own stadium, as a two-run homer from Erodis Chapman in the seventh floor ended the night with Aimed Rosario, with the Mets serving as the home team. A makeup game from last week’s postponement at City Field.
As Rosario circled the bases in a 4-3 win in the second game, he did not realize that until he pulled his teammates out of the dugout to celebrate at home plate, The game does not end.
The dramatic win came after a stunning comeback in the first game, when the Mets edged out from a four-run deficit and scored five runs in a 6-4 victory, finishing sixth.
And in that one, Dom Smith hit a go-ahead homer after crushing a three-run shot by Pete Alonso – one of three home runs allowed by reliever Chad Green.
“It’s the fight we’ve been doing all year,” Smith said after the second match. “When we stayed behind we did not come out from the right side. Raises hope to come from behind in two wins.
Smith would know.
It was his words and tears that affected the entire game on Wednesday and led to the movement not to play on Thursday, as the game was seen to fight racial injustice.
On Friday in The Bronx, there was no further moratorium.
Instead, the Mets and Yankees stepped into the fray on Jackie Robinson Day and the Mets took another step to revive their season.
The same cannot be said of the Yankees, who have lost seven straight – their longest such streak since 2017.
“It’s definitely a tough stretch,” Adam Ottavino said. “Harder than I can remember.”
And as the Mets congratulated Rosario, Clint Frazier said he took it all.
“I sat there and watched the entire celebration,” Frazier said. “It’s not a joke. Luckily, we have one [Saturday] give more [Sunday]. Hopefully we can get back on track because we need it now. ”
With injuries in their lineup, the Yankees have had to resort to some unfamiliar names.
But even his healthy players are unproductive, with Gary Sanchez finding his time and failing to come up with the runners in the Yankees scoring position.
In the second game, the Yankees scored three runs off David Pettersen, who was overtaken by a Jordan Mercer-led move. Eric Kritz and Aaron Hicks delivered RBI singles and Sanchez drew a base-loaded walk. But Mike Tochman participated in an innings-ending double game.
The Yankees loaded the bases again in the fifth, but lost Miguel Anduzer was out.
The Mets cut their deficit for one run with Brandon Nimmo RBI and left Nick Nelson in fifth.
And Chapman blew it in the seventh, as did Green in the opener.
Chapman did not pitch in 11 days, a situation Aaron Boone called “not ideal”.
He opened the bottom of the seventh position to Jeff McNeill and then caught first runner-up Billy Hamilton, but Hamilton still finished second.
Rosario then commissioned a hanging slider and sent it to the left field seats, leaving an awkward end to a long day at Yankee Stadium.
Boone said he hopes his team can change this soon.
“This is what these people do,” the manager said. “We’re just starting to finish some games.”