Rosario’s clutch hit, Smith’s HR propel Mets to rare win

The kids came to play.

When Amed Rosario singled home Dominic Smith in the fourth inning Wednesday, it gave the Mets their first lead in 31 ¹/₃ innings in a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks at Citi Field.

The Mets also got a pair of RBI singles from Michael Conforto that scored Brandon Nimmo, and Smith later crushed a solo home run.

Another rookie, pitcher Chris Flexen, worked his way out of jams throughout the night and threw a career-high six innings as the Mets won for the second time in their past 10 games.

AJ Ramos nailed down the save in the ninth, his third since joining the Mets.

Out of the leadoff spot, Nimmo reached base all four times he came to the plate with three walks and a double. Rosario added a pair of singles, giving the shortstop nine hits in 24 at-bats over his last six games.

Conforto, who was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup with a sore right thumb, returned to action Wednesday. The outfielder had his thumb and wrist taped before the game, but showed no ill effects, going 2-for-4 with his two RBIs.

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Flexen escaped a precarious situation in the fifth inning with some help from his teammates. With one out and the bases loaded, J.D. Martinez lofted a fly ball to center field. Juan Lagares set himself up perfectly to make the catch with momentum behind him and continued on to fire a one-hop strike to the plate. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud was there to receive the throw and slap the tag on A.J. Pollock to complete the inning-ending double play.

Over his six innings of work, Flexen stranded seven runners — two apiece in the first, third and fifth. In each of those three frames, Paul Goldschmidt came to the plate with two on and one out. Though he reached base twice — on a fielder’s choice, with Wilmer Flores gunning out the runner at home, and then on a single to load the bases — the power-hitting first baseman couldn’t break Flexen.

Chris Iannetta ripped a solo home run for the Diamondbacks in the sixth inning, but two batters later, Flexen struck out pinch-hitter Brandon Drury with his 104th and final pitch of the night. Flexen scattered six hits and four walks while striking out five in his sixth major league start since being promoted from Double-A.

Goldschmidt later came up in the seventh in a familiar situation — runners on the corners and one out — but Paul Sewald got him to chase a low slider for a three-pitch strikeout that kept the Mets’ 4-2 lead intact.

Terry Collins’ 536th win as manager of the Mets moved him into a tie with Bobby Valentine for second most in franchise history. Davey Johnson leads the way with 595.


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