Mets' Luis Rojas on Kevin Pillar's home run: 'Huge, huh?'

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Pillar blue uni home run
Pillar blue uni home run

In the 10th inning of Wednesday's game -- which the Mets eventually won, 6-2 -- Kevin Pillar missed on a home run by a couple of feet.

Instead of a game-swinger, it was an out.

He got another chance two innings later. He hit it the same place as the last at-bat -- just a lot farther.

It was a three-run home run which broke the game open in the 12th inning, giving the Mets a 5-2 lead. It was the type of hit the Mets have desperately needed, and the type of win the Mets have needed even more so.

It was also the type of hit team owner Steve Cohen was surely hoping for after using Twitter to call out his team on Wednesday morning.

"Huge, huh?" Luis Rojas said. "We know that he’s a clutch hitter. He looks for his pitch, and he'll crush it. That's what happened in that at-bat. Even in the previous at-bat, he did the same thing. Just missed it."

Pillar's home run was the cap on an unlikely victory for the Mets, who were shut out for the first eight innings of Wednesday's game before small-balling out a game-tying run in the ninth.

When Pillar's shot to left in the 10th fell short, and when New York failed to score, it was the Giants' game to win, but Edwin Diaz shut San Francisco down in the 10th. After that, both teams scored once in the 11th, setting up the Mets' four-run 12th.

"We haven't been playing our best baseball," Pillar said. "We were in much need of a win. That (three-run home run), and (Michael) Conforto's (table-setting single) in the ninth ... it was a much-needed hit at a big time. The boys are excited. I think we've got a little bit of momentum."

As for Cohen's tweet, in which he wondered "how professional hitters can be this unproductive," Pillar said it was "a topic of conversation."

"He wants to see us be successful," Pillar said. "We talked about it amongst ourselves, and we just know that he's a passionate guy. He wants to see the best from us, he expects more from us. I think we all expect a lot out of each other."