NEW YORK -- It may be a little generous to describe the Mets in the NL East race. After all, Monday’s 4-3, 11-inning win against Atlanta merely pulled the Mets to within nine games of the division-leading Braves.
Still, Terry Collins suggested afterward that the Mets desperately needed the victory.
The manager said it was important for more than the game in the standings, too. The Mets had committed three errors in the eighth inning and squandered a lead last Monday at Turner Field. To have eighth-inning meltdowns in consecutive series openers against the Braves would have been demoralizing.
Vic Black, Josh Edgin and Jenrry Mejia combined to allow three runs in the eighth inning Monday, but Curtis Granderson hit a game-tying homer in the bottom half and the Mets won it in the 11th on Ruben Tejada’s walk-off RBI single.
“We needed it bad, because it was very similar to the game in Atlanta that we had a chance to win down there,” Collins said. “So it’s a big game for us to start the series with.”
Captain David Wright was a little more pragmatic.
“A win’s a win,” Wright said. “When you’re nine, 10 games under .500, you’re not thinking about who you get wins from."
Still, the captain added: "Obviously it helps to beat teams in our division, especially at home.”