France leads the M’s against the Mets in their 1st game at Citi Field

NEW YORK (AP) — Ty France hit a game-tying single in the eighth inning for another hit, and the Seattle Mariners broke through against the Mets bullpen after Max Scherzer got tired and beat New York 2- 1 Friday night in their first game at Champ Citi.

The Mets wore black jerseys on a foggy Friday the 13th behind Scherzer, who pitched superbly and walked away after escaping a seventh-inning jam.

Seattle, which won only the fourth time in 16 games, took the lead in the eighth after Drew Smith (0-1) released its first two hitters, pincher Abraham Toro and Adam Frazier.

With the Mets infield moved for France to shoot, he pushed a slider to the outside corner along the right field line. France is 15-of-30 with runners in scoring position this season, the best among skilled hitters and well above its .326 overall average.

Paul Sewald (2-1) struck out Starling Marte to block runners at second-and-third of the seventh and pitched a 1-2-3 eighth on his return to Citi Field, where he pitched for the 2017-20 Mets. The 31-year-old started last season at the minors and relaunched his career after being called up by the Mariners in mid-May.

Drew Steckenrider pitched the ninth for his second save, giving the Mariners a win in their first game against the Mets since June 2008 at old Shea Stadium.

After scoring just 40 points in the previous 15 games, Seattle announced an eight-move roster shuffle before the game. Jarred Kelenic – acquired from the Mets in the trade of Robinson Canó in 2018 – was demoted and Mike Ford and Steven Souza Jr. were inserted for their debuts with the Mariners.

Scherzer allowed one run and three hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

Seattle’s Marco Gonzalez allowed one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings with five strikeouts and three walks.

Brandon Nimmo reached on a hit early in the game, Marte doubled and Francisco Lindor hit a sacrifice fly.

Scherzer retired his first 10 batters before hitting France in the back. JPCrawford followed with a right single and Jesse Winker hit a two-out RBI single on a high cutter.

Scherzer yelled at Chad Whitson after the umpire called a ball on a 3-2 change at the knees, going two with one out in the seventh. Souza hit a one-jump smash on the third that Eduardo Escobar gloved to start a 5-4-3 double play.

Tomás Nido walked his first base of the season in his 54th plate appearance with two outs in the bottom half and Brandon Nimmo hit a broken-bat bloop. Rookie center fielder Julio Rodríguez took a slightly circuitous route and attempted a sliding catch, but the ball kicked his glove for a brace that put the runners in second and third place. Sewald then fanned Marte.


Jeff McNeil reached a hit on the 14th pitch of his at-bat in the second, beating third baseman Eugenio Suárez’s throw, which was moved to the shortstop hole. It was the Mets’ 56th hit this season.


Seattle offered Kelenic to Triple-A Tacoma with a .140 ERA, three home runs and 10 RBIs in 30 games. Souza’s contract was selected in Tacoma, Ford of San Francisco reported a day after his reacquisition, and RHP Adrian Sampson was claimed waivers from the Chicago Cubs. LHP Danny Young and OF Stuart Fairchild were opted for the Raniers, and Fairchild and RHP Yohan Ramirez were nominated for assignment.


Marines: RHP Sergio Romo has been activated from IL 10 days. He had been out since April 11 with inflammation in his right shoulder.

Mets: C James McCann needs surgery for a broken left wrist and will be out for about six weeks. McCann was placed on the 10-day IL and C Patrick Mazeika was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse.


RHP George Kirby (0-0), of suburban Rye, makes his second start for the Mariners on Saturday after allowing four-for-six scoreless hits in his debut against Tampa Bay last weekend. The 24-year-old struck out seven, did not walk and caused 15 swings and misses on 81 pitches. RHP Chris Bassitt (4-2) leaves for the Mets.


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