WASHINGTON — T.J. Rivera, the Pacific Coast League batting champion who started this game on a hunch by Mets manager Terry Collins, hit his first career homer in the 10th inning to lead New York to a 4-3 victory Tuesday night at Nationals Park.

Rivera’s homer came on an 0-2 pitch from Nationals closer Mark Melancon, who surrendered a homer for the first time in 22 games with Washington. The victory allows the Mets to keep pace as they battle for position in a crowded National League Wild Card race, and it ensures they at least maintain their half-game lead for the second Wild Card spot.

Source: Mets News / T.J.’s extra effort powers Mets over Nats