The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT)
Alonso homers twice as Mets, Phillies split twin bill
PHILADELPHIA — Pete Alonso homered twice, had three hits and drove in five runs to lead the New York 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 2⁄3 innings to help the NL Eastleading Mets. Jean Segura homered for the Phillies.
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 topping New York 3-2.
Alonso almost singlehandedly lifted the Mets in the nightcap, driving a changeup from Cristopher Sanchez (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 New York up 5-1.
Alonso was 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts in the first game.
Harper, using a pink bat for Mother’s Day, drove a 94 mph 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.
Harper added an RBI single in the third. The reigning NL MVP also homered off Scherzer, his former Washington teammate, on May 1.
Kyle Schwarber, Alec Bohm and Segura each had a pair of hits for the Phillies, who bounced back from Thursday’s 8-7 loss to the Mets in which New York rallied for seven runs in the ninth inning.
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.
The three-time Cy Young winner signed a three-year, $130 million free-agent deal with the Mets in the offseason. The Phillies recorded 10 hits against the righthander, marking just the 14th time in 413 career games Scherzer has allowed double-digit hits. Nine of the hits were singles.
Scherzer gave up three runs in six innings, striking out seven and walking none. He remained 18th all-time in strikeouts with 3,069 career K’s.
Kyle Gibson (3-1) gave up two runs on six hits with three strikeouts and no walks.
Corey Knebel, after blowing the save on Thursday, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fifth save.
Brandon Nimmo and Starling Marte had two hits apiece for the NL Eastleading Mets.
Bryson Stott’s RBI single in the fourth put the Phillies in front 3-0.