By Michael Beller
April 05, 2014

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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.

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