The back-from-the-dead New York Mets keep winning.

The Mets actually appeared to be on the verge of a loss for just the second time in 16 games on Friday night, when the Washington Nationals took a three-run lead into the bottom of the ninth. The Nats had closer Sean Doolittle on the mound, and the usually reliable lefty is especially reliable if he has a three-run lead to work with.

But J.D. Davis led off the inning with a double, Wilson Ramos followed with a single, and Todd Frazier cranked a three-run dinger to tie the game. Doolittle didn’t even record an out before the Mets tied it up.

That was followed by a single by newcomer Joe Panik, a failed bunt attempt by Juan Lagares (bunting is always bad… but especially after four straight hitters just got hits by swinging the bat), a flyout by Jeff McNeil, and an Amed Rosario single. With two outs and runners on first and second, Michael Conforto smoked a Doolittle fastball to the right field track for a walk-off single to give the Mets a 7-6 victory.

That gives the Mets (60-56) seven straight wins, and 14 wins over their last 15 games. The victory also puts them in a tie with the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers for the National League’s second Wild Card slot, and places them just 1.5 games back of the Nats for the No. 1 Wild Card slot.

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