The New York Mets became the first team in six years to make the playoffs by beating the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.
The pitcher was returned from the injured list before the game. The NL East leaders didn't allow him to go in his first start in 16 days.
Christian Yelich made his first major league relief appearance after 27 starts. Megill was removed from the injured list.
Pete Alonso hit a three-run home run off reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes, and the Mets won their fifth straight to wrap up one of the three National League wild cards. They have a one game lead over Atlanta, who lost to Washington in the World Series.
It is the 10th postseason appearance in the franchise's 61-year history and the first since the Mets lost to San Francisco in the 2016 NL wild-card game.
The game is what you play for. You want to make the playoffs. There are many ways that it can't work out. It's great that we can get into the playoffs. We celebrate that. You play the game for that.
There are many things in front of us. We're aware of that. The good times need to be celebrated as well.
After the final out, Mets players hugged and high-fived each other on the field, then celebrated in the locker room.
The job is not done but enjoy the hard work. #TheseMets | #LGM pic.twitter.com/GF0u6Im0SJ— New York Mets (@Mets) September 20, 2022
This is the beginning of the process. Steven Cohen, wearing a Mets cap, spoke to the team after the game. It would be wonderful if we could win the division. Atlanta is a great team and it will probably go down to the wire in the playoffs. This is a team that can go far.
Francisco Lindor said that they understand that this is not the end goal, but it's part of their destiny.
He was activated after recovering from oblique irritation. Mets manager Buck Showalter said before the game that they wouldn't go too deep with Max in his first big league start since September.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner fanned five players in his fourth attempt to win his 200th career victory.
In the second, Andrew McCutchen hit a line drive to right field that was caught by Tyler Naquin. The pitcher ran to the mound before the start of the next game. He had the ball in his hand before his teammates came out of the tunnel.
When he came back to the bench after the sixth, he received a round of high-fives from his teammates.
After leaving his previous start with fatigue on his left side, he went on the injured list. He went on the injured list in May with a left oblique strain.
It was the most perfect-game bids by a pitcher in the expansion era.
There have been 3,687 days without a perfect game in the majors, the longest stretch since a 13 year dry spell from 1968 to 1981 The last person to throw one was Félix Hernndez.
Milwaukee is 812 games behind first-place St. Louis in the NL Central and 212 games behind Philadelphia for the third NL wild card. The two teams were not working.
The Brewers beat the Yankees twice in Milwaukee over the weekend. With one out in the fourth, Burnes gave up consecutive singles before Alonso hit a 1-2 changeup 437 feet for his 36th home run to make it a 2-0 game. Alonso is the leader in the NL.
After back-to-back triples by Brandon Nimmo and Lindor in the sixth, the Mets extended their lead to five. The last Mets players to hit two triples in a row was in April 2010.
Rowdy Tellez hit a two-run home run in the 7th.
This report was made using information from The Associated Press.