Pete Alonso sparks Mets big day on offense to topple Phillies

Pete Alonso sparks Mets big day on offense to topple Phillies

Throughout his young career, Pete Alonso has handled NL rivals East Phillies well. He’s taken it to another level so far this year.

Friday night was yet another dominating performance. Alonso homered, drove in four runs and made a sparkling play from the field to save at least one run as the Mets continued their strong start against the Phillies with an 8-6 victory in front of 30,175 at Citi Field to start a match six homestay.

The Mets have now beaten the Phillies seven times in 10 games, and in those contests Alonso has five home runs, 17 RBIs and 1.143 OPS. The last time the two teams met before this last meeting, Alonso helped the Mets save a double split on May 8 by going deep twice and making five points in the nightcap.

Friday night, without Alonao’s offensive production and that big defensive play in the second inning, the Mets (30-17) would have been in trouble. That allowed them to survive the Phillies’ six-run sixth inning. Alonso ran in each of his first three at bats and was intentionally walked on his fourth. He now leads the majors with 45 RBIs.

Pete Alonso rips an RBI double in the fourth inning.
Pete Alonso rips an RBI double in the fourth inning.
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Pete Alonso circles the bases after his monstrous two-run homer in the third inning.
Pete Alonso circles the bases after his monstrous two-run homer in the third inning.
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The tone of the early evening was set on the first pitch to Brandon Nimmo. He hit a routine ground ball to shortstop Bryson Stott, who threw wildly to first base, sparking a Mets three-run rally. Twice the Mets scored on shallow sacrifice flights to right field, with Nimmo and Starling Marte easily passing Nick Castellanos’ right arm.

Compare that to the start of the second, when an Alonso dive robbed Odubel Herrera of a brace and at least one RBI. Carlos Carrasco held the defensive gem by removing Garrett Stubbs on a groundout. The lead increased to 7-0 after Alonso’s two-run homer in the third and his brace in the fourth. It sounded like a laugh, but the Phillies had other ideas.

They broke through against Carrasco in the sixth, starting with a pair of well-placed hits by Rhys Hoskins and Alec Bohm. Bryce Harper and Castellanos scoring singles made it 7-2.

Chasen Shreve reacts after giving up a three-run homer in the sixth inning.
Chasen Shreve reacts after giving up a three-run homer in the sixth inning.
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Francisco Lindor connects on an RBI single in the fourth inning.
Francisco Lindor connects on an RBI single in the fourth inning.
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Carrasco momentarily rebounded as he retired the next two batters, but after walking Herrera, manager Buck Showalter went to his bullpen and Chasen Shreve imploded. He left a 1-2 splitter in the middle of the plate and Stubbs hit a right. Suddenly 7-0 was 7-6, and a solid Carrasco outing looked very different.

In the first five innings, he shut out the Phillies, limiting them to just three base runners. But the first four Phillies reached base in sixth and he couldn’t finish the inning. His night ended with six hits and five earned runs along with seven strikeouts in 5 ²/₃ innings of work.

The Mets responded by scraping a run in the bottom of the sixth, and Drew Smith scored a zero in the seventh to stabilize the game, a rebound after his lackluster performance against the Giants on Tuesday.

The Phillies’ final threat came in the eighth, when they had runners at second and third with one out. But Joely Rodriguez pulled out Stubbs and Seth Lugo managed to get JT Realmuto out to end the inning.

Fittingly, it was Alonso who found the ball in foul territory. He gave impetus to this victory.

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