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Conforto hits 3-run homer, but Mets fall in 9th

With the score tied in the ninth inning, the Mets intentionally walked Elias Diaz to load the bases with no outs for David Freese. Freese made them pay for the decision, as he connected on right-hander Tim Peterson’s first-pitch slider and lined to deep center field to drive in the go-ahead run in the Mets’ 5-4 loss to the Pirates at PNC Park on Friday.

The Mets grabbed an early lead for the second night in a row when Michael Conforto followed a Brandon Nimmo walk and Wilmer Flores double with a three-run home run to right-center field off Ivan Nova in the first inning.

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