Alonso, Mets power up to end Gi­ants’ win streak

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports - BY MICHAEL WAGAMAN

Pete Alonso set an­other record af­ter mak­ing a small tweak to his swing. Do­minic Smith quickly got re­demp­tion. And the New York Mets bounced back from a pair of frus­trat­ing ex­tra-in­ning losses.

Alonso came off the bench and hit his 33rd home run, set­ting the Mets rookie record for RBIs as New York beat San Fran­cisco 11-4 Satur­day to end the Gi­ants’ seven-game win­ning streak.

“Re­sults, pos­i­tive re­sults,” Mets man­ager Mickey Call­away said. “We went through a two­day lull, it was tough, but we got back on track to­day.”

Smith, Jeff McNeil and Todd Fra­zier all went deep as the Mets pow­ered up with four home runs, one day af­ter los­ing 1-0 in 10 in­nings. Walker Lock­ett (1-1) pitched five mostly sharp in­nings to earn his first ma­jor league vic­tory.

Be­fore the game Call­away said that he felt Alonso needed a break with his young first base­man in a 3-for-30 slump com­ing out of the All-Star break af­ter win­ning the Home Run Derby.

Alonso wasn’t happy – “I don’t feel worn down,” he said – but used the time to work on his swing, then took a spot on the bench un­til Call­away called for him to pinch-hit in the pitcher’s spot in the sixth.

Alonso’s three-run homer off Derek Hol­land gave him 75 RBIs, one more than Darryl Straw­berry had as a Mets rookie in 1983. Alonso al­ready holds the fran­chise rookie records for home runs and ex­tra-base hits.

“It was a great mental health day,” Alonso said. “I went down in the third in­ning and worked on some stuff in the cage. I was look­ing in too big of an area. The ball needs to start in a smaller win­dow, and the pitch that I hit the home run started in that small, tight win­dow where I wanted it.”

Call­away beamed af­ter­ward.

“That’s what you want,” Call­away said. “One at­bat, three RBIs, a homer and go rest some more.”

New York is 5-3 on its nine-game road trip. The Mets’ only other win­ning road trip came when they started the year 5-1 away from Citi Field.

Pablo San­doval sin­gled four times for the Gi­ants. San Fran­cisco (49-50) had won 14 of 16 and was at­tempt­ing to get above .500 for the first time this sea­son.

“We didn’t swing the bats like we have been,” man­ager Bruce Bochy said. “Just a lit­tle off. One of those days where they had their day and it’s a rough day for us.”

Lock­ett gave up five hits and one run af­ter be­ing called up from Triple-A Syra­cuse be­fore the game. He struck out three and didn’t walk a bat­ter.

Smith, whose er­ror in left field in the 10th in­ning al­lowed the win­ning run to score Fri­day night, hit a solo home run in the sec­ond, had an RBI sin­gle in the fourth then added a two-run sin­gle in the ninth.

“I just wanted to turn the page from last night,” Smith said. “That’s some­thing that none of us wants to do. To come back to­day and play well and the team play well, it was fun.”

McNeil home­red in the fifth off the foul pole in right. Fra­zier hit his 13th home run in the sixth, four bat­ters be­fore Alonso went deep.

Jeff Sa­mardz­ija (7-8) al­lowed four runs and six hits in five in­nings. He has lost all six ca­reer starts against the Mets.


Gi­ants: 3B Evan Longoria (plan­tar fasci­itis) is still wear­ing a walk­ing boot on his left foot but has re­sumed baseball ac­tiv­i­ties.


Mets LHP Steven Matz (5-6, 4.87 ERA) is win­less in his pre­vi­ous five starts head­ing into Sun­day’s se­ries fi­nale. The Gi­ants plan to call up LHP Con­nor Menez to make his ma­jor league de­but Sun­day. Menez was 2-0 with a 3.82 ERA in six starts for Triple-A Sacra­mento.


The Mets’ Jeff McNeil cel­e­brates with Michael Con­forto af­ter hit­ting a two-run home run off the Gi­ants’ Jeff Sa­mardz­ija in the fifth in­ning Satur­day in San Fran­cisco.

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