Red-hot Pete Alonso belts two homers as Mets cut Marlins

Red-hot Pete Alonso belts two homers as Mets cut Marlins

MIAMI — Pete Alonso is a one-man rally these days.

Things are going so well for the Mets first baseman that when he’s not producing — as was the case in Saturday’s fifth inning with the bases loaded (he’s out) — it’s downright surprising.

Leave it to Alonso to redeem himself with his weapon of choice, a loud home run. Alonso’s second homer of the game, a blowout in the eighth inning, gave the Mets the lead for good in a 5-3 win over the Marlins at LoanDepot Park.

With many South Florida Mets fans in attendance to greet him with “MV-Pete” chants, Alonso delivered a haymaker, giving his team a second straight win and fifth in six games against Miami in the past nine days.

Alonso leads the National League with 22 home runs and 68 RBIs in a season that won’t reach the midpoint until next weekend.

Pete Alonso watches his solo home run in the second inning of the Mets' 5-3 win over the Marlins.
Pete Alonso watches his solo home run in the second inning of the Mets’ 5-3 win over the Marlins.
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Pete Alonso connects on a solo homer in the second inning.
Pete Alonso connects on a solo homer in the second inning.
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The Mets received a solid performance from Chris Bassitt, who held the Marlins to three earned runs on six hits — he didn’t walk a batter — with five strikeouts in seven innings. It was a respectable third straight outing for Bassitt, who may have hit rock bottom in a June 8 loss at San Diego in which he allowed seven earned runs in 3 ¹/₃ innings. In his three starts since, Bassitt has thrown a 2.53 ERA.

Seth Lugo, in his first appearance in six days (he returned from paternity leave on Friday), worked a perfect eighth – albeit in strong contact – before Edwin Diaz salvaged his second save in as many days.

Chris Bassitt pitched in Saturday's Mets win over the Marlins.
Chris Bassitt pitched in Saturday’s Mets win over the Marlins.
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Alonso’s backfield homer in the top of the second gave the Mets their first run.

The Mets added runs in the fourth after Starling Marte and Francisco Lindor hit a single and a double respectively against Trevor Rogers to start the inning. Mark Canha’s pitch resulted in a run and Eduardo Escobar stroked an RBI single after JD Davis’ walk. Escobar’s contribution was well received considering he started playing in a 4-for-36 (.111) slump.

Pete Alonso celebrates with Mark Canha.
Pete Alonso celebrates with Mark Canha.
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But the Mets missed an opportunity in the fifth to extend their lead. Alonso came out with the bases loaded – and broke his already cracked bat on his knee in disgust – before Canha struck. Nimmo’s swinging bunt had started the rally, and Marte and Lindor each picked to charge the bases.

After Alonso’s homer in the lead in the eighth, the Mets extended their lead in the ninth on Brandon Nimmo’s RBI double that brought in James McCann.

The Marlins erased a three-run, two-swing deficit against Bassitt in back-to-back innings. In the fourth, Jesus Sanchez hit a two-run homer that brought the Marlins down to 3-2. In the fifth, Bryan De La Cruz’s solo blast matched it. Home runs allowed were Bassitt’s first in four starts, giving him 13 retirements for the season.

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