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The Mets allowed a late lead to get away from them on Saturday afternoon when Dillon Gee, perhaps left in too long by Terry Collins, surrendered a two-run homer to Brandon Phillips that put the Reds ahead 3-2 in the eighth inning. Normally, a Reds ninth-inning lead is as safe as it gets. When Aroldis Chapman is injured, however, that is not the case.
Juan Lagares led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk against J.J. Hoover. Anthony Recker attempted to bunt him to second, and what was initially called a force out at second was overturned by video review. With runners now on first and second, Hoover walked Ruben Tejada, who was trying to give himself up with a sacrifice bunt. Collins then called on one-time starting first baseman Ike Davis, who has been relegated to the role of the team's top pinch hitter with Lucas Duda entrenched in the starter's role. Hoover hung an 0-1 curveball, and Davis didn't miss it, crushing a walk-off grand slam deep into the right field stands and giving the Mets a 6-3 win.
Duda, who hit two homers on Friday, will get every opportunity to prove that he deserves to hold onto the everyday job, and there are still reports that the team would ultimately like to trade Davis. For one day, though, he showed flashes of the promise he had while hitting 32 homers in 2012.