“I don’t think anyone tried to really get out of their zone,” Díaz said through interpreter Manny Navarro. “They all tried to stay locked in and tried to look for their pitch, and I think that’s what helped us get through that inning.”
Josh Lowe kept the line moving and loaded the bases with a two-out walk, then Margot completed the comeback with a broken-bat flare to right field.
Margot had been using that bat since at least August, before an elbow injury caused him to miss a month. He was happy to give it up to start Thursday’s walk-off celebration, though, given what’s at stake down the stretch.
“Any win at this point in the year is big for us,” said starter Zach Eflin, who gave up two runs in the fourth inning after being hit in the upper thigh by a comebacker but struck out 10 with just one walk over five solid innings. “It was nice to come back in the ninth inning and show that spark that we’ve had all year, coming in and playing hard late in games.”