Mets and Yankees Split Doubleheaders on a Busy Sunday
PHILADELPHIA – Pete Alonso homered twice, had three hits and drove in five runs to lead the Mets to a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in the second game for a doubleheader split Sunday.
Chris Bassitt (4-2) allowed one run in 5 innings to help the NL East-leading Mets. Jean Segura homered for the Phillies.
Phillies 3, Mets 2 (Game 1) | Box Score | Play-by-Play
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In the opener, Bryce Harper homered again off Max Scherzer and the Phillies became the first team to beat the new Mets ace, snapping a four-game skid by winning, 3-2.
Alonso almost single-handedly lifted the Mets in the nightcap, driving a changeup from Cristopher Sánchez (0-1) deep to left for a two-run homer in the first. He hit it even farther to left in the fifth off Nick Nelson, a three-run shot that put the Mets up by 5-1.
“It feels good,” Alonso said of his second homer. “Just wanted to do what I could to put a good swing on a pitch in the zone.”
Alonso was 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts in the first game before helping the Mets avoid just their second losing streak of the season.
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“We’ve played such a great team baseball,” he said. “Everyone has answered the bell.”
Harper, using a pink bat for Mother’s Day, drove a 94 mile-per-hour fastball from Scherzer (4-1) over the wall in right for a solo homer with two outs in the first. He screamed, “I love you, Mom!” into a TV camera before returning to the dugout.
“I thought we played well the first game and the second game got away from us,” Harper said.
Harper added an RBI single in the third. The reigning winner of the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award also homered off Scherzer, his former Washington teammate, on May 1.
“I think we needed that,” Phillies starter Kyle Gibson said. “For the offense to come out and do what they did against Max was big.”
The single-admission doubleheader was part of a makeup after games between the teams were rained out Friday and Saturday.
Scherzer suffered his first loss since last May 30, ending a string of 24 straight starts without a defeat. The streak spanned his starts with the Nationals, Dodgers and Mets.
Canó Officially Released
The Mets officially released second baseman Robinson Canó before the game. The move comes a week after the slumping Cano was designated for assignment despite nearly $ 45 million remaining on his contract. The Mets announced the news in their pregame notes and after Manager Buck Showalter met with reporters.
The 39-year-old Canó sat out last season while serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He batted .195 (8 for 41) with one home run, three RBI and a paltry .501 on-base plus slugging percentage in 43 plate appearances for the Mets. Canó has a .302 career batting average with 335 home runs, 1,305 RBI and an .842 OPS in 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits, including 571 doubles.
King’s Impressive Streak Ends for the Yankees
Brad Miller snapped Michael King’s impressive scoreless streak with a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh inning that lifted the Texas Rangers over the Yankees, 4-2, Sunday to salvage a doubleheader split.
The Yankees took the opener 2-1 on Gleyber Torres’ game-ending homer leading off the ninth. They had three hits in the nightcap after collecting just five in the early 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) had pitched 14 consecutive innings without allowing a run before Miller smacked a 1-0 fastball out to center for a two-run lead. The Yankees right-hander hadn’t given up a run since an RBI double by Toronto’s George Springer on April 11.
“It’s a cold night and you’re facing a guy who really has not given up anything all year,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “To square one up and the wind is blowing straight in. To hit it out that far, it was a pretty good poke. ”
It was Miller’s fourth career pinch-homer, and six of his 14 RBIs have given Texas a lead this year.
“Credit to Miller,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I think he was trying to four-seamer up and in there and probably did not get it to where he wanted to, but I do not think missed too bad with it, and Miller kind of sold out and got to it and caught him. ”
King relieved Jordan Montgomery after Jonah Heim opened the inning with a double to left. King walked Kole Calhoun, walked Nathaniel Lowe and retired Andy Ibáñez on a force out that moved Heim to third. Heim scored on a wild pitch to the backstop one pitch before Miller’s homer.
The rare ineffective outing raised King’s ERA from 0.51 to 1.42.
“Obviously I want to be great every time out there and to have a bad one always hurts,” King said. “But it’s a learning experience. You got to keep going and bounce back. ”
Eli White also homered as Texas won for the fifth time in six games.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer in the second game. The Yankees lost for only 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 off John King (1-1) into the short porch in right field.
“The bigger the situation, it does seem like he ratchets the concentration level a bit,” Boone said. “Cold day out there, it was good to see him stick one.”
Rangers starter Dane Dunning lost his no-hit bid on an infield single by Judge to open the sixth.
Gerrit Cole allowed a run and five hits in 6 innings for the Yankees. He struck out 10, walked one and threw a season-high 114 pitches, reaching 100.6 miles per hour. Jonathan Loáisiga followed Cole with one and two-thirds innings. Clay Holmes (3-0) worked around Mitch Garver’s double in the ninth.
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