NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Lindor doubled for two on the cushions on the wall in midfield, Edwin Diaz made saves in the last two games, the New York Mets Saturday defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-5. Double-ended bottle opener.
After a streak of walks to Brandon Nimmo and Starling Marte, Lindor hit a tee shot by Tyler Matzek, who bounced off the orange homer line and restarted the game in front of Citi Field’s homer apple. The referee initially ruled it was a double, and the call was confirmed through a replay.
Lindo hit 19 home runs this season, one less than last season’s total. He had three hits, including an RBI single in a two-run first inning against Jack Aldorizzi (4-4). His doubles extended New York’s advantage to 5-0.
Pete Alonso singled up his NL-best RBI total to 92, 10 points ahead of St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
Jeff McNeil, James McCann and Marte contributed RBI singles as the NL East leader improved to an MLB-best record at 30-9 after the loss and led the Warriors by 4 1/2 games.
Ronald Acuña Jr. and Matt Olsen had RBI singles in the seventh inning for the Warriors, who are 4-6 in the season series.
Olsen and Robbie Grossman also had RBI singles in Atlanta’s third ninth inning. Grossman’s single prompted Mets manager Buck Showalter to call for Diaz, who needed seven pitches to make his 25th save.
Live starter David Peterson (6-2) helped New York get off to a good start to his seventh double, as he allowed three hits in 5 1/3 innings, his third scoreless start of the year.
Peterson struck out and walked three innings. He kept leading the batsman, throwing first pitches to 14 of 22 batsmen.
Peterson gave Olsen a big round of applause after changing his outfit. Peterson also stranded Acuña in third, slid safely into fifth before Marter’s pitch from right field after the star slugger doubled.
The southpaw started his outing and loaded up the bases when he hit Travis d’Arnaud with the ball. On the next field, Grossman lined up next to Lindo, and the Mets took a 2-0 lead shortly after Peterson’s escape.
Aldorizzi struggled in his Atlanta debut after being acquired from Houston. He allowed threes (two) and six hits. Odorizzi trailed half of the 22 hitters he faced and also made a throwing error in a draft game that led to New York’s third run.
Braves: RHP Darren O’Day (strained left calf) started a rehab mission Friday at High-A Rome and pitched 13 in the fifth inning to win. O’Day has been on the sidelines since July 12.
Mets: RHP Tommy Hunter (tight waist) is on the injured list.
Atlanta: LHP Max Fried (10-3, 2.58 ERA) started his second inning in 9 games and 59 1/3 innings without a homer in the major leagues. long active continuity.
New York: RHP Max Scherzer (7-2, 2.13) is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA in six games since returning from an oblique injury. He started the second game.
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