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Jeff McNeil punctuates game-tying Mets homer with epic bat Reverse

April 8, 2021 | 5:11pm | Updated April 8, 2021 | 6:05pm 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. “It’s definitely one…

April 8, 2021 | 5: 11pm | Updated April 8, 2021 | 6: 05pm

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.

“It’s definitely one of my biggest minutes as a Met right there,” he said. “Just to listen to the audience again was pretty incredible. They were getting me fired that whole at-bat. … I was pretty pumped up.

“As soon as it left the bat, I knew it. To hear the crowd erupt was pretty incredible.”

Not only did it keep the Amazins out of their third loss in four games to start the season — they are. 500 after walking off on Michael Conforto’s bases-loaded hit-by-pitch that scored Luis Guillorme — but it had been the perfect way for McNeil to break from an early season slump.

The dinger marked McNeil’s first hit of the season, finishing a 0-for-10 start to the season.

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