Auburn native Tim Locastro didn’t start the game, but he finished it.
Locastro hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 6-5 win over the New York Mets Saturday night.
With the Diamondbacks trailing 5-1, Locastro entered the game as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning. He was hit by a pitch — the ninth time he’s been hit by a pitch this season — and scored on a Ketel Marte RBI single.
That started Arizona’s rally. The Diamondbacks tied the game in the eighth, then Locastro came to the plate in the ninth. He walked and stole second — his fifth stolen base this season — and then took third on a passed ball. But Marte flied out to end the inning.
The game went to extra innings and in the 11th, Locastro had an opportunity to play hero. Teammate Kevin Cron hit a double and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Alex Avila walked and advanced to second to put two men in scoring position for Locastro.
Locastro delivered. He drove a 2-2 pitch into deep left center field, Cron scored and the Diamondbacks won the game.
It’s the first major league walk-off hit in Locastro’s career. He finished the game 1-for-1 with a walk, a hit by pitch, a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base.