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 won beat the Miami Marlins 10-4 on Friday night.
Lindor’s wife, Katia, surprised her husband by flying in his mother, Maria Serrano, for his first visit to New York since Lindor acquired Cleveland in January 2021. Lindor said his mother’s trips had been limited since she suffered an aneurysm that led to a stroke in 2020.
“My wife was very emotional, telling me she was going to give me one of the great Father’s Day gifts,” Lindor said. “She’s the best. She surprised me (and) my whole family.
The visit to the press conference room just over an hour before the first pitch allowed Lindor, who was battling a sore right middle finger – he accidentally caught it in a hotel room door at Los Angeles on June 2 – and entered Friday hitting .173 this month.
“It gave me the extra energy I needed,” Lindor said.
Lindor screamed as he rounded the bases on his three-run homer in the first inning against Pablo Lopez (4-3) before pointing the finger at his family in the aftermath after crossing home plate.
“Those are moments — I got emotional when he hit his home run, I could tell he was too, to see his son do that tonight,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said.
Lindor deprived Willians Astudillo and Jazz Chisholm Jr. of hits in the second and third innings.
The Puerto Rican star was then hit with two throws – 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 drew a base hit per pitch in the sixth, a pitch before Alonso hit his second career grand slam to cap a seven-run frame in which it briefly appeared the Marlins had turned a triple play. Alonso took off his cap in front of a crowd of 36,111 chanting “MVP!”
Earlier in the sixth, JD Davis had an RBI single and Starling Marte persuaded a goal-laden walk.
“You go from a triple play to 10 points,” Showalter said. “It’s a turning point.”
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 Diaz scored on a scrap in the eighth.
Soler, Cooper and Avisail Garcia had two hits apiece for the Marlins, who beat the Mets 10-9.
“I felt like I was swimming uphill from the start of this game – three hitters, we were down 3-0,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.
Lopez, who is 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 briefly made the Marlins think they had turned 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.
McNeil, however, had scored in second when he saw De La Cruz seemingly catch the ball and would have been safe in third.
Replays showed the ball hit the wall before De La Cruz caught it. The call was overturned and Guillorme received a single.
SIGN OF THE TIMES
Longtime MLB umpire Dale Scott signed copies of his book “The Umpire is Out” before the game in the rotunda at Citi Field. Scott came out as gay after the 2014 season. He was in the majors for 33 seasons until his retirement in 2017 and appeared in the World Series three times.
Scott was in town for Mets Pride Night, one of seven Pride events he will attend this month.
Marlins: 1B Jesus Aguilar and OF Jesus Sanchez have each been placed on the injured list without designation. The Marlins recalled Diaz 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.
Mets: RHP Tylor Megill (right shoulder) was shut down for four weeks after an MRI revealed a strain. … 3B Eduardo Escobar was available on the bench after missing Thursday’s game while undergoing tests at a local hospital. Escobar said he had a headache and felt dizzy while taking grounders on Thursday afternoon. … 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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