The New York Mets built up formidable momentum heading into their early afternoon game against the Washington Nationals on Saturday, as they had won six straight games. However, they came quite close to squandering it all away.

The Mets were in cruise control with a 9-0 lead during their seven-inning encounter against the Nationals.

Somehow, someway, New York blew this astounding lead, as Andrew Stevenson pulled the Nationals to a 9-9 score with a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

On the brink of what would have been their worst loss of the season, Francisco Lindor delivered for the Mets, as he slugged a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning. This wound up being the game-winner for the Mets in a game of the season contender.

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Even as the past couple of weeks for the Mets have been filled with numerous controversies, they have now won seven straight games to pull themselves over the .500 mark with a 68-67 record.

New York now sits at a mere 3.5 games back of the NL East leaders Atlanta Braves with plenty of baseball still to be played over the final full month of the season.

For a Mets team that at one point looked dead in the water just weeks ago, their playoff aspirations are well alive with their current and much-needed winning streak.