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Patrick Mazeika’s magic returns as Mets beat Mariners

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Almost exactly a year later, the Patrick Mazeika magic is back. 

Unlike last May, when he hit a pair of walk-off fielder’s choices in a five-day span, Mazeika’s game-winning hit for the Mets on Saturday night left the infield — and in a big way. 

Just after the Mets’ bullpen blew a three-run lead, the recently called-up catcher crushed a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning to secure a 5-4 win over the Mariners in front of a buzzing crowd of 37,140 at Citi Field. 

“I think we can say that one was over 60 mph [off the bat] and over six feet,” Mazeika said with a grin. “Obviously it felt really good. Big moment, big team win. It was an electric crowd too, so it was overall a great night.” 

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Noted Queens villain Jesse Winker had tied the score 4-4 in the top of the seventh with a three-run homer off Chasen Shreve, but Mazeika quickly gave the Mets (23-12) their lead back. He turned on a 97-mph fastball from Andres Muñoz and slugged a 370-foot blast that cut through the fog to land in the right-field seats. 

Patrick Mazeika celebrates his go-ahead home run.Patrick Mazeika celebrates his go-ahead home run. Robert Sabo for the NY POST

Mazeika, who joined the Mets on Friday from Triple-A after James McCann landed on the injured list, had a tough time behind the plate, struggling to get on the same page with starter Chris Bassitt, whom he was catching for the first time. But he made up for it with one big swing. 

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“That was a great moment for him, let alone the team,” manager Buck Showalter said. 

Adam Ottavino then stranded a runner on third base in the eighth inning before Edwin Diaz struck out the side in the ninth against his former team — ending the game by striking out Winker swinging. 

Chris BassittChris Bassitt tossed 5.2 innings allowing just one run. Robert Sabo for the NY POST

Chris Bassitt reacts during the Mets' win over the Mariners.Chris Bassitt reacts during the Mets’ win over the Mariners. Robert Sabo for the NY POST

“It was a little bit fun, but at the same time, I gotta stay locked in to get the three outs because we needed this win,” Diaz said. “We want to win every series, so today was a big game for us.” 

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