NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Patrick Mazeika hit a tiebreaking seventh-inning homer in his first major league game of the season, and the New York Mets, encouraged by Shakira, beat the Mariners 5-4 on Saturday. from Seattle.
Mets manager Buck Showalter mentioned before the game how excited he was about Shakira’s visit to Citi Field.
The Colombian star posed for photos in front of the clubhouse with Showalter and several players. Later, she was smiling in the boxes, while she encouraged the team.
It brought him good luck. A series of defensive neglects by Seattle marked the course of the match.
Starling Marte had a triple, a double and a single, in addition to scoring three times for New York, which squandered a 4-0 lead. Jesse Winker tied the game with a three-run homer off Chasen Shreve in the top of the seventh.
Mazeika, who batted ninth, found the first pitch from Andrés Muñoz (1-1) and hit the ball off the right-field foul pole for his second career home run.
Adam Ottavino (2-1) resolved the eighth inning without allowing a score. Puerto Rican Edwin Díaz struck out his three opponents in the ninth inning to reach eight saves.
For the Mariners, the Venezuelans Eugenio Suárez 3-1 with two runs scored, Luis Torrens 2-2. The Dominican Julio Rodríguez 3-0.
For the Mets, Dominican Starling Marte 4-3 with three runs scored. Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor 3-1 with two RBIs. The Venezuelan Eduardo Escobar 4-0.