Jeff McNeil knew it was gone.
The Mets’ second baseman launched a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning that tied the score 2-2 against the Marlins on Thursday, and the 29-year-old celebrated with an epic bat flip.
Not only did it keep the Amazins from their third loss in four games to start the season — they’re .500 after walking off on Michael Conforto’s bases-loaded hit-by-pitch that scores Luis Guillorme — but it was the perfect way for McNeil to break out of an early season slump.
The dinger marked McNeil’s first hit of the season, ending a 0-for-10 start to the season.
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