Luis Guillorme hit his first-career home run in a pinch-hitting situation in the bottom of the eighth to help the Mets extend their hot streak to 15 wins in their last 16 games. A magical streak that took the Mets out of the basement of the National League and put them squarely into the Wild Card discussion, and perhaps beyond.
Guillorme's homer tied the game at three and the Mets (61-55) went on to win 4-3 but from the sounds of it, you'd think the infielder's first-career homer came in a mid-April outing.
"That was great for me and it helped the team, too," a modest Guillorme said.
Instead of expressing sheer joy for himself, Guillorme thanked who he thinks is responsible for his homer and the team's recent run, Mets fans.
"If we're down one or five, we just know somebody is going to pick it up. Especially since the crowd, it helps out a lot when you have that energy out there. It just makes it easier," Guillorme said.
With the win, the Mets win their three-game series against the Nats, regardless of Sunday's outcome after heroics from Todd Frazier and Michael Conforto on Friday. It's their eighth series win since the All-Star break. The Mets had eight, in total, during the first half of the season.
While Guillorme's stunning homer took the headlines, JD Davis did his part once again, too. Davis scored Joe Panik with a sacrifice fly following the eighth-inning homer. Davis also hit one of the Mets' back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning, the other coming from Wilson Ramos.
Davis echoed Guillorme, saying night after night, someone just steps up.
"It was awesome, just for him to come through in that at-bat, his first home run, it's absolutely huge. It's pretty amazing how this team, in this run, there's been a lot of guys that are the least expected that come through, just like Louie tonight. It was a huge at-bat," Davis said.
However, Noah Syndergaard (7 hits, 2 runs, 5 strikeouts), who started on the bump and went seven innings for his sixth-straight outing, took it a bit further and said the Mets' streak reminds him of something.
"It's pretty reminiscent of what happened in 2015, it's really exciting," Syndergaard said.