NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Lindor hit a tying, two-run homer within the seventh inning after an apparently heated trade with teammate Jeff McNeil within the dugout tunnel, and the New York Mets rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Friday evening.
New York walked off with a victory when designated runner Pete Alonso scored on pinch-hitter Patrick Mazeika’s fielder’s selection.
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A day after snapping an 0-for-26 slide with a ninth-inning single in St. Louis, Lindor produced his largest second since signing a $341 million, 10-year cope with the Mets. He tied the sport by hitting a 2-2 changeup from left-hander Caleb Smith.
The blast got here a half-inning after shortstop Lindor and second baseman McNeil mixed to misplay a popup. After the highest of the seventh, Mets gamers rushed into the tunnel adjoining to their dugout to deal with some type of commotion.
Lindor acknowledged after the sport that he and McNeil have been having a disagreement — he claimed the pair noticed a rat within the tunnel, and he was objecting to McNeil’s suggestion that it was a raccoon.
After rounding the bases on his homer, Lindor exchanged fist bumps with Tomas Nido, who drew a stroll to begin the inning, and Michael Conforto, who was ready within the on-deck circle. Conforto was among the many first who flew towards the tunnel throughout the trade.
Shortly after Lindor’s second homer as a Met, billionaire proprietor Steve Cohen tweeted: “That was BIG”.
Mazeika softly hit a 2-2 pitch from Stefan Crichton (0-1) to the primary base-side of the mound to attain Alonso, who dived head-first throughout the plate.
Earlier than his homer, Lindor heard boos when he flied out within the fifth with a runner on first. Lindor went 2 for five and produced his second multi-hit sport as a Met. His different was April 14 towards Philadelphia.
Aaron Loup (1-0) tossed a scoreless tenth for the win.
Conforto and Jonathan Villar hit RBI singles off Arizona starter Zac Gallen because the Mets moved over the .500 mark at 14-13 for the primary time since April 25 of their first dwelling sport since hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater have been fired Monday.
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The Diamondbacks misplaced their fourth straight after taking a 4-0 lead by scoring all their runs with no hit. Arizona hit 10 singles however went 1 for 16 with runners in scoring place and stranded 13.
Tim Locastro drove in a run by getting hit on the foot to begin a three-run second inning off David Peterson. Carson Kelly and Christian Walker drew bases-loaded walks to make it 3-0 and chase Peterson.
Gallen reached twice by drawing Arizona’s first stroll of its two-out rally after which beat out a double play grounder within the third that scored former Mets participant Asdrubal Cabrera.
Gallen allowed a run on three hits in six innings. He struck out 5, walked 4 and dodged important hassle every inning on a 56-degree evening in a sport the place he made 15 pickoff throws to first base.
Peterson allowed three runs and three hits in a career-low 1 2/3 innings.
Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly was activated off the injured record and can begin Saturday. Kelly was positioned on the injured record Tuesday and mentioned he was within the COVID-19 protocol.
Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (proper lat irritation) performed catch and threw a aspect session that supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned went properly. The Mets will assess how deGrom feels Saturday earlier than deciding if he’ll begin Sunday. … IF Luis Guillorme (strained proper indirect) felt ache whereas swinging and won’t be activated Sunday when he’s eligible. … RHP Matt Allan, New York’s prime pitching prospect, will bear Tommy John surgical procedure to restore a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament within the subsequent few weeks. A 3rd-round choose in 2019, Allan threw 10 1/3 innings in six appearances two years in the past whereas splitting time within the Gulf Coast League and defunct New York-Penn League.
RHP Merrill Kelly (2-2, 5.79) begins for Arizona after being activated off the injured record Friday. The Mets didn’t announce a starter for Saturday.
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