Alonso breaks record in win

The Morning Call - - SPORTS -

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pete Alonso hit his 40th home run to break the Na­tional League rookie record, cap­ping a late out­burst by the Mets in their 11-5 vic­tory over the Roy­als on Sun­day.

Michael Con­forto hit a long homer in the first in­ning and drove in four runs. Amed Rosario put the Mets ahead 6-4 with a two-run sin­gle in the seventh, and Alonso went deep in the ninth on an 0-2 pitch. He snapped a tie with Cody Bellinger, who launched 39 long balls for the Dodgers in 2017 on the way to win­ning rookie of the year hon­ors.

Back in the thick of a crowded NL wild-card race thanks to a se­cond-half surge, the Mets com­pleted a 3-3 road trip and im­proved to 24-10 since the All-Star break.

Alonso also had an RBI dou­ble and scored three times dur­ing his se­cond con­sec­u­tive three-hit game. Rosario had three hits and three RBIs in the lead­off spot, and Joe Panik added three hits as the top four bat­ters in the Mets lineup com­bined to go 11-for-18 with nine RBIs and seven runs.

The Mets scored six times in the seventh to turn a 4-3 deficit into a 9-4 lead. J.D. Davis tied it with a pinch-hit RBI sin­gle and Rosario had the go-ahead sin­gle two bat­ters later. Alonso, Con­forto and Wil­son Ramos added RBI base hits later in the in­ning.

The Mets battered re­liever Kevin Mc­Carthy (2-2), who was charged with four runs in just one-third of an in­ning.

Jeurys Fa­milia (4-1) got the win, throw­ing two in­nings and al­low­ing one run.

ORLIN WAG­NER/AP

The Mets’ Pete Alonso broke the NL rookie record Sun­day with his 40th home run.

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