WASHINGTON – Several cheering fans caught the attention of National Manager Dave Martinez when he finally began his nightly interview with reporters.
"Thank you for staying," said Martinez.
They could not be accused of leaving early. Undoubtedly, they are glad they didn't.
Kurt Suzuki capped the biggest comeback of the ninth inning in Nationals franchise history with a three-home homer that helped Washington score seven runs in its last bat to stun the New York Mets 11-10 Tuesday night.
"With the bats that everyone put in this inning, I didn't want to kill the rally," Suzuki said. "I wanted to go through just like everyone else."
Mets relieved Paul Sevald, Luis Avilan and Edwin Diaz went through the crash, retiring with just one batter as Washington rallied for its 20th win in 26 games. The Nationals / Expos franchise has never won a game after failing at least six runs in the ninth or later.
"It's been a crazy year," said National Veteran Ryan Zimmermann, who hit a double pinch during a rally. "That's the only way I can sum it up. For me, for the team, for everyone. I guess it fits into the story."
New York led 1
Mets manager Mickey Calloway picked up setter Seth Lugo after he retired all three attackers he faced in the eighth. Lugo regularly gets six outs on a trip, but Calloway thought the lead was safe enough to get inside the bulb.
"We had a six-run lead," Calloway said. "The Major League diggers need to be able to hold him."
Sewald allowed four hits on his five runs, including Trea Turner's double RBI and Anthony Randon's RBI single. Avilan allowed the single to load the bases, then Diaz (1-7) eased and allowed Zimmerman's two-run double, followed by Suzuki's blast.
"It just seemed like a bad dream," striker Brandon adds, Nimmo said. "I don't know. It's hard to do even in a minor league game. I feel like come back from (six) runs in the bottom of the ninth against guys throwing 99 miles per hour. I really have no say in that." "
Suzuki pointed to the dugout before rounding out first base, pumping his fist for a second and being flooded by teammates on the home plate. This was his 16th homer of the season.
" The difference was that this team didn't no moment surrendered, "Diaz said through a translator." I threw my pieces away. I thought I was running my fastball, my slider and it just happened to catch me. He waited on that pitch and hit it. "
Javy Guerra (3-1) retired the only batter he faced to end the Mets' ninth.
Washington is the first team to allow five or more runs in the beginning of the ninth and gets even more in the bottom of the inning to win after the Red Sox on June 18, 1962 against the Washington Senators, according to STATS.
Five Nine in New York was aided when Turner forgot how many outs and went to a potential double player with one out instead of throwing in the first place.
The game started with it was a match between the latest winners of the NL Cy Young Award. Washington Max Scherzer allowed four starts and five hits, recording seven in six innings, the longest of his three starts since being listed last month.  Jacob DeGrom of New York was in tight control for much of his outing, which ended abruptly in the eighth after Raymond's inning single and Juan Soto's two-way blast to right drew Washington within 5-4. In seven plus innings, deGrom gave up four runs while scoring six.