PHILADELPHIA — Pete Alonso scored twice, hit three and made five runs to lead the Mets to a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game of a double round on Sunday.
Chris Bassitt (4-2) allowed a run in 5 ⅔ innings to help the NL East lead Mets. Jean Segura went to the Phillies.
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In the opener, Bryce Harper scored again on Max Scherzer and the Phillies became the first team to defeat the Mets’ new ace, winning 3-2.
Alonso almost single-handedly lifted the Mets into the night, driving a Cristopher Sánchez (0-1) shift to the left for a two-run home run on the first. He hit even more to the left on Nick Nelson’s fifth shot, a three-run shot that put the Mets up 5-1.
“It was good,” Alonso said of his second homer. “I just wanted to do what I could to put a good swing on a field in the zone.”
Alonso went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in the first game before helping the Mets avoid just the second losing streak of the season.
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“We played a great baseball team,” he said. “Everyone answered the bell.”
Harper, using a pink bat for Mother’s Day, drove a 94 mph Scherzer (4-1) fastball over the fence on the right to a solo homer with two outs in the first. He shouted, “I love you, Mom!” on a TV camera before returning to the shelter.
“I thought we played the first game well and the second game slipped away,” said Harper.
Harper added an RBI single on the third. The current National League Most Valuable Player Award winner also welcomed Scherzer, his former Washington teammate, on May 1.
“I think we needed that,” said Phillies starter Kyle Gibson. “For offense, going out and doing what they did against Max was great.”
The single-inning double match was part of a make-up after games between the teams were stopped on Friday and Saturday.
Scherzer suffered his first defeat since May 30, ending a 24-game unbeaten streak. The streak covered his matches with the Nationals, Dodgers, and Mets.
Canó officially launched
The Mets officially released second baseman Robinson Canó before the game. The move comes a week after Cano was assigned the assignment despite nearly $45 million remaining on his contract. The Mets announced the news in their pre-game notes and after head coach Buck Showalter met with reporters.
Canó, 39, sat out last season while serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He hit .195 (8 of 41) with a home run, three RBIs, and a paltry .501 on base plus slugging percentage in 43 board appearances for the Mets. Canó has a career batting average of .302 with 335 home runs, 1,305 RBI, and an OPS of .842 in 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits, including 571 doubles.
King’s impressive streak ends for the Yankees
Brad Miller broke Michael King’s impressive goalless streak with a two-run homer in the seventh that lifted the Texas Rangers 4-2 over the Yankees on Sunday to save a two-game split.
The Yankees opened the scoring 2-1 on Gleyber Torres’ late-game goal, leading the ninth. They had three hits on the drink after collecting just five early in the game.
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King (2-1) shot 14 ⅓ innings in a row without allowing a run before Miller hit a 1-0 fastball to center for a two-run lead. The Yankees right-hander hasn’t given up a run since an RBI double by Toronto’s George Springer on April 11.
“It’s a cold night and you’re up against a guy who hasn’t really given up all year,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “To hit a point and the wind is blowing right through. To get that far was a good tug.”
It was Miller’s fourth career goal, and six of his 14 RBIs gave Texas the lead this year.
“Credit to Miller,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “I think he was trying to do four seams and he probably couldn’t get where he wanted to go, but I don’t think he lost much with that, and Miller kind of sold out and got it and got him.”
King released Jordan Montgomery after Jonah Heim opened the door with a double left. King walked Kole Calhoun, walked Nathaniel Lowe and retired Andy Ibáñez in a force that took Heim to third place. Heim scored on a wild pitch for the defense a pitch before Miller’s homer.
The rare ineffective exit increased King’s ERA from 0.51 to 1.42.
“Obviously, I want to be great every time and having a bad one always hurts,” King said. “But it’s a learning experience. You have to keep going and recover.”
Eli White also hit Texas to win for the fifth time in six games.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer in the second game. The Yankees lost only the second time in 14 games.
In the first game of the day, Torres’ seventh late-game shot gave the Yankees their third win this year. He connected John King (1-1) on the short porch in right field.
“The bigger the situation, it seems like he raises the concentration level a little bit,” Boone said. “Cold day outside, it was nice to see him stick one.”
Rangers starter Dane Dunning lost his single infield play by the referee to open the sixth.
Gerrit Cole allowed one run and five hits in 6 ⅓ innings for the Yankees. He knocked out 10, walked one and threw 114 shots, a season record, reaching 100.6 miles per hour. Jonathan Loaisiga followed Cole with one and two-thirds of the innings. Clay Holmes (3-0) worked around Mitch Garver’s one-two in the ninth.
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