The Mets hope Tuesday marked a new era at Citi Field. They'll look to translate the momentum gained from a seven-run seventh inning into a third win in three nights over the slumping Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
The Mets (35-45) had been held to five runs or fewer in 30 straight home games when they came up to bat following the seventh-inning stretch Tuesday. During that span, they hit .209 while being held to 20 home runs and nine stolen bases.
On Monday, they nearly approached a mark of futility set earlier in the season when they left 22 runners on base in a 20-inning loss to the Marlins, leaving 20 on base. On Tuesday, however, they were deadly efficient, stranding just three runners in their 9-1 victory over the Diamondbacks (42-41). They refused to let a lengthy rain delay get in their way, finishing 6 of 8 with runners in scoring position.
"I know we haven't scored a lot of runs here in this ballpark, so seven was pretty good," manager Terry Collins said. "Just took an...