Rajai Davis took batting practice Wednesday afternoon in Allentown, Pa. The 38-year-old outfielder ended his night hitting a three-run homer that capped a thrilling eighth-inning rally for the Mets.
“It was a normal day when it started,” Davis said after a memorable 6-1 win over the Nationals in New York.
Juan Lagares hit a three-run double off Washington closer Sean Doolittle with two outs in the eighth and Davis added a three-run homer, his first in 134 career plate appearances as a pinch hitter.
Signed to a minor-league contract in the offseason, Davis spent the season’s first seven weeks at Triple-A with the Syracuse Mets, who played at Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. About 5 p.m., manager Tony DeFrancesco told Davis to get to New York after the Mets learned an MRI exam showed Brandon Nimmo had neck inflammation that would send him to the injured list.
Davis thought DeFranceso was joking. Then he showered and called an Uber for the 112-mile trip to Citi Field that took 2 hours and, according to Davis, cost about $234. His driver, Jason, is from Brooklyn.
“Me and Jason, we got to know each other,” Davis said. “But I’m not going to foot that bill.”
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Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 5: Michael Chavis hit a tie-breaking homer in the 13th inning for visiting Boston. In the 12th, Mookie Betts had homered for Boston before Toronto’s Rowdy Tellez tied it with a two-out solo shot.
Rangers 2, Mariners 1: Hunter Pence homered and host Texas finished a three-game sweep of slumping Seattle.
Cubs 8, Phillies 4: Cole Hamels struggled in his first start against his original team, Albert Almora Jr. hit his first career grand slam and host Chicago rallied with three homers to beat Philadelphia.
Yankees 7, Orioles 5: Gleyber Torres hit two of visiting New York’s five home runs off Baltimore’s beleaguered pitching staff, which has surrendered 105 in 49 games.
White Sox 9, Astros 4: Rookie Eloy Jimenez homered twice and visiting Chicago turned the first triple play in the majors this season.
Rockies 9, Pirates 3: Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell reached the Allegheny River on the fly for the second time in two weeks, the only notable blemish for Colorado, which got three-run homers from Daniel Murphy and Tony Wolters.
Padres 5, Diamondbacks 2: Left-hander Eric Lauer pitched seven strong innings to win for the first time in seven starts and Greg Garcia had three hits as host San Diego finished a three-game sweep of Arizona.
Rays 8, Dodgers 1: Avisail Garcia and Kevin Kiermaier each hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning to power host Tampa Bay to the win.
Brewers 11, Reds 9: Yasmani Grandal homered during a five-run rally, helping host Milwaukee outlast Cincinnati.
Marlins 6, Tigers 3: Garrett Cooper hit his first major-league home run in the sixth inning to start a comeback for visiting Miami, which rallied for its fifth straight victory.
Royals, Cardinals split: Marcell Ozuna and Matt Carpenter went deep as part of a four-homer barrage as host St. Louis won 10-3 in the second game of a split doubleheader. In the opener, Kansas City’s Brad Keller pitched seven-plus innings of two-hit baseball and Jorge Soler hit a three-run homer in the Royals’ 8-2 victory.
Twins-Angels, postponed: The series finale in Anaheim was postponed because of wet grounds and rescheduled for Thursday. It was the third postponement at Angel Stadium since 1995 and the 12th since the park opened in 1966.
Briefly: Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, making his way back from arm injuries, won’t play in any rehabilitation games for seven to 10 days because of left calf tightness. … Cleveland designated for assignment longtime Colorado outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, 33, who hit .210 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 30 games. … Texas outfielder Willie Calhoun (Benicia High) was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left quad strain. … The Orioles acquired center fielder Keon Broxton from the Mets for $500,000 in 2019-20 international signing bonus-pool allotment.
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