Justin Turner saw sidearmer Brad Ziegler’s pitch coming right for him, so he dug in.
Turner took one for the team, getting hit by a pitch with two outs in the 13th inning to force in the winning run and the New York Mets ended the Oakland Athletics’ six-game winning streak, 3-2.
“I’m staying in and holding my ground,” Turner said. “Unless it’s at my face or around my ankle or something, I’ll stay in there and take the bruise and get that game over with.”
And how tough was it for Turner to stand in there and get hit?
He gave a big laugh while saying it hit him, “in my uniform.”
Lucas Duda had a one-out single in the 13th off Ziegler (2-1). Daniel Murphy, who entered as a pinch-hitter in the 11th, singled to left. One out later, Jose Reyes was intentionally walked.
Turner then was grazed on the left thigh with Ziegler’s first pitch. He turned to home plate umpire Alan Porter, looking for the call that gave the Mets their first walk-off win of the season.
Regardless of the manner of the game-winner, the Mets raced onto the field to surround Turner between first and second for a bouncing celebration.
“If you’re going to play that long and that grueling, you might as well win,” Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Bobby Parnell (2-1) pitched one inning in a rain-delayed game that took 4 hours and ended after midnight.
Turner gave the Mets a lead in the eighth inning with an RBI single after Reyes hit his major league-leading 13th triple, but Francisco Rodriguez blew his second straight save opportunity in the ninth, giving up an RBI single to Conor Jackson with two outs to tie it
Rodriguez gave up two runs in a loss to Atlanta last Thursday and he has allowed 11 runs in his last 9 2-3 innings.
The Mets had the bases loaded in the 12th but failed to capitalize against Ziegler.
Hideki Matsui made a tumbling shoestring catch in left field to end the 11th with a runner on first. The A’s regular designated hitter has made several nice catches in two games against the Mets, his first two in the outfield since last September.
The Athletics had runners on first and second with one out in the 11th but Pedro Beato entered in a double-switch that removed Jason Bay from the game and held the A’s.
The light-hitting Athletics mustered just three hits through eight innings while trying to match their longest winning streak since 2009, all while wearing their alternative brilliant gold jerseys.
“I think it’s just sad to see the gold jerseys die like that but we battled and did a great job,” Gonzalez said. “I think this is one of my favorite games that I’ve been part of. The way we battled, the way we fought shows that we have signs of life and that we can definitely do this more and more.”