Jeurys Familia blew a four-run lead in the ninth inning, and to make matters worse, it was public enemy number one Chase Utley with the big hit. But Curtis Granderson gave the Mets the win in the bottom of the inning with a clutch homer Friday night at Citi Field.
They jumped all over heralded prospect Julio Urias, making his major league debut, in the first inning. Asdrubal Cabrera doubled with one out. He went to third on a wild pitch. With two outs, Yoenis Cespedes walked. Neil Walker doubled to score Cabrera and move Cespedes to third. Juan Lagares singled to drive in two runs and give the Mets a 3-0 lead.
Jacob deGrom pitched in and out of trouble all night. He nearly escaped a no-out, bases loaded situation in the third, but was lucky to allow just one run.
Julio Urias lasted only 2.2 innings in which he threw 81 pitches. He allowed three runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out three in a disappointing debut.
David Wright homered for the third straight game in the fourth to extend the lead to 4-1.
And Lagares made it 5-1 with a solo shot of his own in the fifth. Lagares went 3-4 with three RBIs.
deGrom went seven innings, allowing one run on three hits. He did walk three batters, but he also struck out seven.
The Dodgers loaded the bases with three singles against Familia with one out in the ninth. He walked Yasmani Grandal to force in a run. With two outs, the hated Utley hit a shot into the gap in right-center. It cleared the bases to tie the game at five.
Leading off the ninth, Granderson parked one in the seats down the line in right to give the Mets a win.
The final was 6-5. Combined with a Nationals loss, the Mets are now tied with the Nats for first place in the NL East.