The Mets ditched their thumbs-down celebration Tuesday and replaced it with a full-blown mob scene on the field.
After Javier Baez prolonged a ninth-inning rally with an RBI single, Michael Conforto walked it off with another single that scored two runs — including Baez as the winning run — to lift the Mets to a dramatic 6-5 win in the first game of a doubleheader at Citi Field.
Baez appeared to lose an earring in the celebration, but he came a long way from getting a loud smattering of boos when he was introduced as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning.
On a day that began with Baez and Francisco Lindor offering apologies for the thumbs-down gesture — which Baez originally said on Sunday was a way to boo back at the fans that had been booing them — the Mets hadn’t given the sparse crowd much to cheer for, entering the ninth inning trailing 5-1.
Brandon Nimmo got the rally going with a two-run homer to make it 5-3. Dominic Smith then hit an infield single and Pete Alonso doubled to bring Baez to the plate.
With “Javy Baez” chants replacing boos, Baez hit an infield single to deep shortstop, bringing the Mets within 5-4.
Conforto then roped a single to left field, scoring Alonso from third and Baez from first, waved around on the play after a fielding error from Jorge Alfaro.
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