Ryan Zimmerman, the elder statesmen who has been with the Washington Nationals since 2005 and has seen his share of incredible games, was stunned after Tuesday’s comeback win over the Mets.
“Stuff like that is not supposed to happen,” he said.
But stuff like that did happen.
The Nationals trailed 10-4 going into the last of the ninth inning but scored seven runs against the Mets’ bullpen and won 11-10.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run, walk-off homer into the bleachers
in left off reliever Edwin Diaz.
“He is up there grinding,” starting pitcher Max Scherzer said of Suzuki, who just missed a homer earlier in the game. “He had an awesome night.”
Scherzer was in the video room during the rally and stayed there — even though he heard the noise.
He didn’t want to jinx the comeback by going back to the dugout.
It was the largest ninth-inning comeback in the history of the Nationals. The previous best came in 2011 against Seattle when Washington came back from a 5-1 deficit to win 6-5.
Before the game teams were 274-0 when ahead by six runs or more going into the ninth inning this season, according to several outlets.
It was the seventh walk-off win of this season for the Nationals (78-59), who remained 6 1/2 games back of the first-place Atlanta Braves but strengthened their hold on the top spot in the wild-card race.
“Boom! What can you say about the guys? They came right back,” manager Dave Martinez said.
Martinez has said all year his team doesn’t give up. “We showed that today,” said second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera, who had two hits and scored twice.
Juan Soto had three hits and drove in three runs, and hit his 32nd homer of the year against Mets ace Jacob deGrom in the eighth to jumpstart the comeback.
Trea Turner, who made a mental mistake on defense, had an RBI double in the ninth.
Anthony Rendon had an RBI hit later in the inning and Zimmerman drove in two with a double as a pinch-hitter.
Turner thought there were two outs when he failed to attempt a double play earlier in the game.
The Mets (70-68), after a 7-3 win Monday, had won 11 of the previous 17 games this year against Washington.
But their wild-card chances took a big hit on a night deGrom allowed four runs in eight innings and they hit four homers — three of them against a struggling Nationals bullpen.
The comeback overshadowed a rough start for Scherzer, who gave up four runs in six innings/
But he was upbeat about his third start since coming off the injured list.
“It was a step forward. It was a good step,” Scherzer said.