Seth Lugo’s long-awaited first save of the season was aided by a crucial defensive play by a trio of teammates.
Lugo worked the final two innings of the Mets’ 3-2 win Tuesday over the Cubs, but he needed a perfect relay throw from the outfield for a key out at the plate in the ninth inning to preserve the multi-inning save.
Second baseman Luis Guillorme collected Kevin Pillar’s throw from right-center and made a one-hop toss to James McCann to nail pinch-runner Jake Marisnick at the plate for the second out of the ninth, before Lugo fanned Sergio Alcantara to seal the Mets’ fifth win in six games.
“Off the bat, I was thinking it was just a single, but I looked back and saw the outfielders kind of splitting up, so my only thought in the moment was ‘don’t back up third, back up home,’ ” Lugo said. “I was a little surprised to see [Cubs third base coach Willie Harris] send him.
“But those guys made a great relay. It was perfect. That was big-time for me. … Those guys are great. They’ve been playing outstanding defense all year and having those guys behind me just gives me all the confidence to execute pitches and throw it over…