Starling Marte, the last Met to get crushed by the Nationals

WASHINGTON — Another game, another Mets hitter down, another dose of retaliation through the win.

The Mets beat the Nationals for the third straight game on Saturday, and did so for once without seeing one of their stars lying in the dirt after taking a baseball in the mouth. That’s what happened the previous two days when Pete Alonso was left with swollen lips and a bloody mouth in Game 1, and again when Francisco Lindor needed x-rays and a test concussion in the second game of the season.

“It’s been a high octane series,” Alonso said after hitting a grand slam in Saturday’s 5-0 victory. “A lot of emotions.”

Starling Marte became the fifth Mets hitter to break through in three games when he took a slow curveball to the side. Plate umpire Jordan Baker jumped on Marte’s hip, before Marte’s walk into the dirt sparked a second bench-and-bullpen clearance incident in as many days.

“It’s not intentional,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said of the latest hit batsman. “But that still doesn’t make you happy. I don’t care if it’s hard, it hurts. It grabs your attention.

New York Post

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