PHILADELPHIA — The rain washed away the slope, and a game to forget became a game to remember.
The Mets entered a 46-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth inning in a three-run hole and stormed back with clearer skies — and a Mark Canha thunder — to steal a 10-9 victory and a series at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday. .
Canha homered twice, once in the seventh and again in the ninth, to lift the Mets to a victory in which they seemed buried three times. The Mets came back from a 4-0 hole, a 7-4 deficit and an 8-7, ninth-inning hole that Canha’s bat took care of.
The left fielder stroked a walk-off, two-run home run to left field off former Yankee David Robertson and added some play to the moment. He tossed his bat far in the air before beginning his jog, in which he raised his arms in triumph from first base to second base.
Brandon Nimmo’s ensuing home run provided some insurance that proved important. Edwin Diaz looked shaky in a surprising ninth in which he allowed a run, but he struck out Darick Hall to secure his 28th save.
The Mets, coming off their first series loss against an NL East opponent, in Atlanta, responded by taking three of four from the Phillies. The Mets dealt with a depleted staff that prompted two club debuts Saturday and two major league debuts Sunday, but they still won anyway. Three of the four games against Philadelphia were started by Jose Butto (who made his debut on Sunday), David Peterson and Trevor Williams.
The Mets (79-44) moved four games up on the Braves, who lost to Houston.
Canha’s outbursts made Nate Fisher’s job even more important. The lefty made his major league debut and threw three scoreless innings that bridged the delay.
The Phillies snuck back in front in the eighth inning against Trevor May, when Jean Segura’s home run tied the contest. May was pitching because he was one of two relievers unused that day or a day earlier. (Diaz was the other and was saved for the ninth.)
The Mets clawed back following the rain delay in the sixth. Canha uncorked a three-run home run in the seventh to knot a game that seemed lost in the first inning.
The 26-year-old Fisher, who lasted the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, was the most important pitcher on the night and much better than Butto, who the Mets were forced to call up for a spot start that went south quickly. The number 15 prospect of the organization was tagged for four runs in his first major league inning, the biggest hit three-run shot by Alec Bohm.
Butto surrendered three more runs — off a second three-run home run by Bohm, who finished with a career-high six RBIs — in the fourth inning, ending a debut in which he allowed seven runs on nine hits and two walks in four innings.
It wasn’t until Bohm’s second dinger — off an outside fastball that the right-handed hitter hit down the right-field line — that Butto settled in, and the Mets fought their way back for the first time.
They chipped away at a four-run deficit by scoring in the second, third and fourth innings.
In the second, Mets catcher Michael Perez hit his second two-run single in as many days against Phillies starter Kyle Gibson. In the third, Daniel Vogelbach roped a two-out double to drive in Starling Marte, and an inning later the Mets tied it when Marte’s groundout single scored Perez. Both boos and “Let’s go Mets!” rang out from the Philadelphia crowd, but Bohm’s swing would reverse the momentum.
After 96 minor league games, Butto probably couldn’t wait for his major league debut. After the first inning, you couldn’t blame him if he couldn’t wait for it to be over.
The first five Phillies reached, which included the first explosion of Bohm. It took Butto 21 pitches to record his first out — a strikeout of Bryson Stott — and the Mets already trailed 3-0 by that point. Nick Maton’s single added a fourth Phillies run, and it took 38 pitches for the righty to avoid his first major league game.
Alas, Canha and Fisher made sure he wouldn’t get his first major league loss.