The Mets and Yankees split their doubleheaders on a busy Sunday
PHILADELPHIA – Pete Alonso twice homered, had three hits and drove in five runs and led the Mets to a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game for a doubleheader split.
Chris Bassett (4-2) allowed one run in 5 ⅔ innings to help the NL East-leading Mets. Jean Segura homered for Phyllis.
Phyllis 3, Mets 2 (Game 1) | Box Score | Play-by-play
Mets 6, Phyllis 1 (Game 2) | Box Score | Play-by-play
In the opening game, Bryce Harper was again sidelined by Max Scherzer and the Phillies became the first team to beat the new Mets ace, snapping a four-game skid to win 3-2.
Alonso lifted the Mets almost alone in the nightcap, driving a deep change from Christopher Sanchez (0-1) to a two-run homer to left. He hit a long left to left field in Nick Nelson’s fifth delivery, a three-run shot that increased the Mets to 5-1.
“It’s cool,” Alonso said of his second homer. “I want to do what I can to make a good swing on the pitch in the zone.”
Alonso was 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts in the first game, helping the Mets avoid a second losing streak of the season.
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“We played such a good team baseball,” he said. “Everybody answered the bell.”
Harper, using a pink bat on Mother’s Day, ran a 94-mile fastball from Scherzer on the wall (4-1). He screamed: “I love you, mother!” On the TV camera before returning to the dugout.
“We played the first game very well and I thought the second game went away from us,” Harper said.
Harper added an RBI single in the third. The defending winner of the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award, May 1, sent home his former Washington teammate, Scherzer.
“I think we need it,” Phillies starter Kyle Gibson said. “The offense came out big against Max.”
The match between the teams on Friday and Saturday was part of the single-admission double header makeup after the rain.
Scherzer suffered his first defeat since May 30, ending a series of 24 straight starts without defeat. His streak spread with the Streak Nationals, the Dodgers and the Mets.
Kano is officially released
The Mets officially released second baseman Robinson Cano before the game. The move comes less than a week after the declining canoe was designated for deployment, with nearly $ 45 million remaining in his contract. The Mets announced the news in their pregame notes and after manager Buck Showalter met with reporters.
The 39-year-old Canó was serving his second suspension for performance enhancing drugs last season. He hit .195 (8 for 41) with three home runs, three RBI and a .501 on-base with a slugging percentage of 43 plate appearances for the Mets. Canó has a .302 career batting average with 335 home runs, 1,305 RBI and .842 OPS over 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits, including 571 doubles.
King’s impressive streak for the Yankees ends
Brad Miller hit Michael King’s impressive scoreless streak with a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh inning that saved the Texas Rangers 4-2 over the Yankees, a doubleheader split on Sunday.
The Yankees took the openers 2-1 on Glaber Torres’ game-ending homer in the ninth. He had three hits in the nightcap after collecting just five in the opening game.
Yankees 2, Rangers 1 (Game 1) | Box Score | Play-by-play
Rangers 4, Yankees 2 (Game 2) | Box Score | Play-by-play
King (2-1) Miller hit a two-run home run to center for a two-run lead without allowing a run in 14 ⅓ consecutive innings. The Yankees right-hander did not give up a run on an RBI double by Toronto’s George Springer on April 11.
“It’s a cool night and you’re facing a guy who doesn’t really give up on anything all year,” said Texas manager Chris Woodward. “To disperse one and the wind is blowing straight. To hit it that far, it’s a very good poke.”
It was Miller’s fourth pinch-homer of his career, and six of his 14 RBIs have led Texas this year.
“Credit to Miller,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I think he was trying to get four Seamers up and down and maybe he didn’t get it to where he wanted to, but I don’t think I missed it too badly, and Miller kind of sold it and got it and held him.”
King Jordan released Montgomery after Jonah Hame opened the inning with two left. King Cole walked to Calhoun, while Nathaniel Lowe and retired Andy Ibanez walked in the Force Out, which moved Haim to third. Miller’s homer on the Hymn Wild pitch first scored a backstop.
A rare ineffective outing raised the Kings Era from 0.51 to 1.42.
“Obviously I want to be great every time I get there and it always hurts to have the worst,” King said. “But it’s a learning experience. You have to keep going and come back.”
Eli White also homered when Texas won for the fifth time in six games.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer in the second game. The Yankees lost for the second time in 14 games.
In the first game of the day, Torres’ seventh career game-ending hit gave the Yankees their third walk-off win this year. He connected John King (1-1) to a small porch on the right field.
“The situation is huge. He seems to be pushing the concentration level a little bit,” Boone said. “On a cold day there, it’s nice to see him stick one.”
Rangers starter Dane Dunning missed any hit bid in the infield single by a judge to open the sixth game.
Gerrit Cole allowed one run and five hits in 6 ⅓ innings for the Yankees. He hit 10, walked one and threw Season-High 114 pitches, reaching 100.6 miles per hour. Jonathan Loisiga followed Cole with one and two-two innings. Clay Holmes (3-0) worked his way around Mitch Garver’s double in the ninth.
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