Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Hold on for Win, Snap 3-Game Losing Skid

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Mets Hold on for Win, Snap 3-Game Losing Skid

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NEW YORK -- With his team having lost three straight and six outs to go to a win, Mets manager Terry Collins summoned Addison Reed with a two-run lead Saturday.

Collins had never gone to his this early in a game this season, but on the heels of Friday's bullpen implosion, Collins asked Reed to guide him home.

There were some tense moments along the way, but Reed did just that.

Reed threw two scoreless innings to preserve the Mets' 4-2 win over the Pirates on Saturday night at Citi Field. One night after yet another bullpen meltdown, Reed and two other relievers tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Robert Gsellman (3-4).

Neil Walker, Jay Bruce and Lucas Duda each hit homers to even this series, and the Mets (24-30) will look to secure a winning home stand in today's series finale.

Collins has never been one to shy away from using his closer for multiple innings, and with unheralded prospect Tyler Pill starting Sunday, he pulled out all the stops to win Saturday. The earliest Collins has gone to his closer prior to Saturday has been with one out in the eighth on May 14, and Reed blew the lead and suffered the loss that day.

Fernando Salas stranded a pair in the sixth before Jerry Blevins stranded another two in the seventh, and Collins then opted for Reed, who had last pitched Tuesday.

Reed worked himself into trouble in the eighth with one out by allowing a double and a walk, but proceeded to retire the next two batters in a 22-pitch inning.

In the ninth, Reed surrendered a leadoff single before retiring the next three batters to notch his eighth save. He used 36 pitches to notch his eight save.

Reed's success provided a feel-good night for a Mets bullpen that has played a large role in the team's struggles this year. The unit had one of its worst meltdowns Friday when Paul Sewald allowed five runs in the sixth inning of the 12-7 loss to Pittsburgh. …

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