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