Jose Iglesias comes up with another big hit in Mets win over Nationals

From the studio to the batter’s box, Jose Iglesias is racking up the hit singles.The “OMG” singer is moonlighting as a platoon second baseman who continues to threaten to turn into more than that.The righty-hitting Iglesias, who gets his starts at second base against opposing lefties, was left in the game against righty reliever Derek Law and responded with the go-ahead, two-run single in an eventual 6-2 win over the Nationals at Citi Field on Wednesday.With the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning of a tie game, manager Carlos Mendoza did not call for Jeff McNeil.The 34-year-old Iglesias, who somehow has turned into the major league’s best clutch hitter, bounced a hit up the middle and motioned toward the dugout on his way to first base to fire up his teammates in a game they were suddenly leading.Two batters later, Harrison Bader grounded into what appeared to be an inning-ending double play, but second baseman Luis Garcia Jr.

threw wildly to first base, the ball bouncing off the railing and back to first baseman Juan Yepez.Yepez fielded, spun and threw home a split second too late, allowing Iglesias to slide in safely for an insurance run.He quickly got to his feet, looked at the fans behind home plate and threw his right arm into the air, urging the 24,887 on hand to get to their feet.

They didn’t need the urging after the Mets awoke with a four-run sixth to mount another comeback win and pull within a half-game of the final NL wild card.The Mets (46-45) are a hot streak away from solidifying themselves as trade-deadline buyers.In winning four of five, already taking a series from the Nationals before Thursday’s finale and awaiting the Rockies before the All-Star break, they have the makings of that hot streak....

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Publisher: New York Post

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