Mets lose, 6-4, despite home runs from Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor – The Mercury News

Mets lose, 6-4, despite home runs from Pete Alonso, Francisco Lindor – The Mercury News

ATLANTA — The last time the Mets were in Atlanta, their stars went dim. This time, the Mets’ biggest stars hit like stars early in the game, but by the end the pitching and hitting failed to come through.

After an hour and 40 minutes of a rainless rain delay to start a three-game NL East series, Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso homered, with the latter extending his league lead to 22 on the season. But right-handers Carlos Carrasco and Drew Smith (3-2) imploded in the sixth and the Mets lost 6-4.

Carrasco started the sixth inning with a 4-1 lead, but a walk and back-to-back doubles helped the Braves close the gap to 4-3 and he was removed in favor of right-hander Smith before recording an out.

Smith got Eddie Rosario to strike out on a high fastball for the first out, but he was burned by his breaking stuff later on.

Marcell Ozuna lined a double to right field with two outs to score Murphy and tie the game at 4-4. A wild pitch put him in position to score on Orlando Arcia’s grounder.

Eduardo Escobar, playing out of position at second base, dove to try and stop Arcia’s screaming ground ball at the edge of the dirt, but it got past him for an RBI single.

The damage was done.

Carrasco, who looked as though he had turned a corner after his last two starts, was tagged for four earned runs on six hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out four, and also gave up a home run to Ozzie Albies in the second inning.

Smith was charged with the fifth run. One of the Mets’ key high-leverage arms coming into the season, he now has an ERA of 3.74, but it’s 7.36 over his last eight appearances.

Right-hander Bryce Elder (4-0) came into the game with a 1.92, ERA, the lowest among all qualified starters in the league. He didn’t give the Mets much to work with right away, striking out the side in the second inning. But Lindor and Alonso both homered off him in the third inning to put the Mets up 4-1.

Lindor was 1-for-15 over his last four games coming into this one. He walked in his first at-bat, then batting from the left side of the plate with one on and one out in the third inning, he lifted a slider from Elder into the right field stands for his 11th home run of the season. The long ball gave the Mets a 2-1 lead, and two batters later Alonso made it 4-1 with a two-run shot of his own.

Elder went six innings, giving up four earned on four hits, walking two and striking out eight. The Mets didn’t past the fourth inning.

Late in the game, Albies hit a line drive to the left-field corner off Adam Ottavino. Jeff McNeil bobbled the ball about three times, failing to make a circus-like play. Albies came into third standing up, then scored on what appeared to be a double play, but was overturned after the Braves challenged an out call at second base.

Last season, it felt like nearly everything went right for the Mets until the very end when they came into Atlanta and dropped the division. This season, the Mets can’t put all three aspects of their game together on a given night, no matter the location.


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