NEW YORK – After a demoralizing start to the season where nothing seemed to go their way, the New York Mets are making all the right calls.
Pinch-hitter Ike Davis hit a walkoff grand slam one batter after manager Terry Collins won his first replay challenge, and the Mets rallied to beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-3 Saturday.
“That was a tremendous ending especially for Ike going through what he’s going through,” Collins said. “To come in, in a big situation and come through, that’s great stuff.”
Davis lost his starting first base job to Lucas Duda a day earlier, but was called on to hit in the pitcher’s spot and lined a 0-1 curveball off the facing of the right field porch, setting off a gleeful celebration at Citi Field that included a whipped cream pie in Davis’ face.
Collins said Davis will start Sunday against Alfredo Simon, a decision made before the game.
“As long as Duda keeps hitting that’s going to be my role,” Davis said.
Duda hit two homers Friday in the Mets’ 4-3 win over the Reds.
New York won its second straight after being swept by Washington in three games to open the season.
The Mets beleaguered bullpen came through, too. Scott Rice got two outs and Carlos Torres worked a scoreless ninth to give New York a chance.
Marlins 5, Padres 2
In Miami, Jose Fernandez struck out eight in 6⅔ innings while lowering his ERA to 0.71, and the Marlins won again.
Miami improved to 5-1, its best start since 2009. Last year the Marlins’ fifth victory came in their 21st game, and they finished with 100 losses.
Braves 6, Nationals 2
In Washington, Julio Teheran allowed two runs in seven solid innings and had two hits, and Atlanta knocked out Stephen Strasburg in the fifth.
Phillies 2, Cubs 0
In Chicago, Chase Utley went 3-for-3 and homered for the second day in a row, and Cliff Lee pitched seven scoreless innings.
Giants 7, Dodgers 2
In Los Angeles, Madison Bumgarner struck out 10 while working into the seventh inning and San Francisco hit three home runs.
Cardinals 6, Pirates 1
In Pittsburgh, Yadier Molina hit his second homer of the season and Jhonny Peralta added a late two-run shot.
Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 4
In Denver, Nolan Arenado homered twice and rookie right-hander Tommy Kahnle picked up his first major league win.
Royals 4, White Sox 3
In Kansas City, Salvador Perez hit a go-ahead RBI double with two outs in the eighth inning for the Royals.
Kansas City’s Norichika Aoki was 1-for-3 with a stolen base.
Twins 7, Indians 3
In Cleveland, Kyle Gibson limited the Indians to one run in his season debut after Brian Dozier led off the game with a home run to help give manager Ron Gardenhire his 1,000th career victory.
Tigers 7, Orioles 6
In Detroit, Torii Hunter homered and drove in five runs, and the Tigers withstood Baltimore’s five-run ninth.
Rick Porcello allowed a run and three hits in 6⅔ innings in his first start of the season, and Detroit (4-0) remained baseball’s only undefeated team, though the Orioles nearly pulled off a remarkable rally after trailing 7-1 entering the ninth.
Mariners 3, Athletics 1
In Oakland, Felix Hernandez took a shutout into the ninth inning and Dustin Ackley and Abraham Almonte homered.
Rays 5, Rangers 4
In St. Petersburg, Florida, James Loney hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth to help lift the Rays to a win.
Blue Jays 4, Yankees 0
In Toronto, R.A. Dickey and three relievers combined for a shutout, and Jose Bautista and Melky Cabrera homered.
Angels 5, Astros 1
In Houston, Josh Hamilton hit a two-run home run and Tyler Skaggs pitched eight innings of four-hit ball.
Brewers 7, Red Sox 6 (11)
In Boston, Khris Davis doubled in the 11th inning for his fourth hit of the game, and scored on Logan Schafer’s double.
Red Sox relievers Koji Uehara and Junichi Tazawa each threw a scoreless inning. Both finished the game with three strikeouts.