Bobby Parnell saved the day, just like old times.
Making his third appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery, Parnell struck out two and allowed one hit in 12/3 innings to save the Mets' 3-2 win over Toronto Tuesday night at Citi Field.
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"It felt good," said Parnell, who had last recorded a save on July 30, 2013. "I definitely had some adrenaline going. It was definitely a fun time to pitch. That ninth inning's always good."
With Jeurys Familia unavailable (rest), Terry Collins said in his pregame news conference that Carlos Torres would be the fill-in closer.
Collins called on Torres to relieve Matt Harvey to start the eighth with the Mets leading 3-0 and Jose Reyes, Toronto's leadoff hitter, the third batter he'd be due to face. Torres allowed two walks and two singles, keeping the Blue Jays scoreless thanks to a baserunning error by Kevin Pillar.
"It was one of those nights that it wasn't there," Collins said. "You just don't know, but we were lucky we had Bobby to back him up."
So with one out, the bases loaded and Jose Bautista stepping to the plate, Collins summoned Parnell.
"You can't put him in a bigger situation than what he was in tonight," Collins said. "He's got one of the best home run hitters in all of baseball up there with the bases loaded and one out and made good pitches."
He retired Bautista on a sacrifice fly to right, which scored Ryan Goins, before allowing an RBI single to Edwin Encarnacion. With runners on first and second, he struck out Chris Colabello to end the inning and preserve the Mets' lead.
Parnell retired the side in order in the ninth.
"I think it's a big night for our ballclub to know that Bobby Parnell is on the way back," Collins said. "It's going to help us out."
Parnell opened with a 90-mph fastball, but Collins said he peaked at 95 -- not quite the blazing fastball he fired pre-surgery. Parnell also kept the Blue Jays off balance with a slider that sat in the low 80s.
"I'm still trying to be aggressive in the zone, still throwing four-seamers and two-seamers," he said. "I'll probably have to be a little more crisp and don't have as much room for error, but I'm still pitching the same way because I feel like in the end, I'm going to be the same pitcher I was."
Even if he's not pitching in the ninth.
"That's definitely where I want to pitch," he said. "I've got a lot of work to do and Familia's the closer now, so I'm going to go out there and do the best I can in whatever role they put me in."