NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Lindor homered after being surprised by his mother’s first visit to see him at Citi Field, Pete Alonso hit a grand slam in a turbulent sixth inning and the New York Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 10-4 on Friday night.
Lindor’s wife, Katia, surprised her husband by taking her mother, Maria Serrano, for her first visit to New York since Lindor was acquired from Cleveland in January 2021. Lindor met her mother in the boardroom of press a few hours before the first launch. .
Lindor pointed the finger at his family in the aftermath after hitting a three-run homer in the first inning against Pablo López (4-3).
The Puerto Rican star was then hit with two pitches – including one with the bases loaded. The oft-beaten Mets have been blocked four times, bringing their major league-leading total to 49.
Carlos Carrasco (8-2) allowed three runs on eight hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings.
Lindor entered the game with .173 in June, but homered the black field past center on an 0-1 pitch from López. The 28-year-old pumped his fists between first and second base.
Lindor drew a goal-loaded hit per pitch in the sixth, a pitch before Alonso hit his second career grand slam to cap a seven-run frame in which the Marlins had a potential triple play canceled.
Earlier in the sixth, JD Davis had an RBI single and Starling Marte persuaded a goal-laden walk.
Center fielder Bryan De La Cruz, who dropped a routine Marte steal just before the Lindor homer, opened the fifth with a homer against Carrasco. Jorge Soler had an RBI double in the sixth, when Jon Berti hit in the pick of a defensive player who scored. Lewin Díaz scored on a scrap in the eighth.
Soler, Cooper and Avisaíl García had two hits apiece for the Marlins, who beat the Mets 10-9.
López, throwing for the first time since being hit in the right wrist by comeback Michael Brantley on June 10, allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 sleeves.
ALMOST TWICE (OR THREE TIMES) THAN NICE
De La Cruz came within inches of a spectacular catch that would have resulted in at least a double play — and potentially a triple play — in the sixth.
With two outs, he followed Luis Guillorme’s volley to the warning lane, collided with the wall and got the ball back with his bare hands after several bobbles for an apparent catch. He then pitched into the infield, where Mark Canha and Jeff McNeil were doubled in for a triple play.
Replays showed the ball hit the wall before De La Cruz caught it. The call was overturned and Guillorme received a single.
CAN’T CATCH JON
Berti moved to 15 for 15 stolen bases this season slipping second to sixth. He is tied with Cliff Floyd and Chuck Carr for the fourth-longest consecutive stolen base streak in franchise history. Emilio Bonifacio (2012) stole 20 consecutive bases without getting caught.
Marlins: 1B Jesús Aguilar and OF Jesús Sanchez were each placed on the injured list without designation. The Marlins recalled Díaz and OF Jerar Encarnacion from Triple-A Jacksonville. … FIs Brian Anderson (back) and Joey Wendle (right hamstring) are scheduled to practice batting at the Marlins’ spring training complex on Saturday. … RHP Cody Poteet (right elbow) is expected to start a throwing program this weekend.
Mets: RHP Tylor Megill (right shoulder) was shut down for four weeks after an MRI revealed a strain. Megill was injured Thursday in his second start since returning from a stint in IL due to tendinitis in his right bicep. … 3B Eduardo Escobar (undisclosed) was available on the bench after missing Thursday’s game while undergoing tests at a local hospital. Manager Buck Showalter said he hopes Escobar can return to the lineup on Saturday. … RHP Jacob deGrom (right shoulder blade) kicked off his fifth bullpen session on Friday.
Marlins: LHP Braxton Garrett (1-1, 4.00 ERA) will make his third start since being promoted from Triple-A Jacksonville on June 5.
Mets: RHP Taijuan Walker (4-2, 3.08 ERA) struck out a season-high 10 batters in a win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday — his most strikeouts since he sniffed 12 against the Chicago Cubs on June 15, 2021.
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