Lindor leads Mets to 5-3 victory in Miami

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The New York Mets (46-26) played the Miami Marlins (32-37) in Miami on Friday night. The game marked the start of the second series of the season between the two teams. The young ace of the Marlins Sandy Alcantara started against Taijuan walker for the Mets. In the last series between these two teams, the only game lost by the Mets was the one started by Alcantara. This time Francois Lindor had the Alcantara number, and the Mets won 5-3.

Lindor scored the first run of the game for the Mets, hitting a two-out solo homer in the top of the first inning. His home run was the Mets’ lone hit for the first four innings, as Alcantara rolled in to start the game. Alcantara also gave up a solo home run to Marc Canha in the fifth inning, but otherwise he was throwing well up to that point.

As Alcantara mowed down Mets batters for the first five innings, Walker held on for the Mets. He pitched three scoreless innings in the second through fourth innings. But when the Mets gave Walker the lead twice in the first five innings, Walker couldn’t hold onto the lead. In the first inning, a single par Garrett Cooper Mark Jazz Chisholm Jr. third tying the match at 1-1. In the fifth round, a Jorge Soler Marked Groundout Jon Berti of the third, tying the game at 2-2.

The Mets’ fortunes changed in the sixth inning. Thomas Nido started with a single in the field and Brandon Nimmo followed by a bunt base hit. Starling Marte then hit a ground ball in second and the Marlins had a double play chance. Luckily for the Mets, the Marlins missed it.

second baseman Willians Astudillo, who replaced the injured Chisholm Jr., failed to tag Nimmo with the ball in his glove and couldn’t send Marte off early. The second base umpire incorrectly called Nimmo on the tag, but the call was corrected on a double challenge by the Mets (Marte was also incorrectly called early before the challenge).

Lindor then came to the plate with the bases loaded and no one came out. He smashed a double field to right center and cleared the bases, giving the Mets a 5-2 lead.

Unlike the first two leads given to him, Walker shut down the Marlins forcefully late in the sixth inning. He struck out the first two batters and then got Jesus Sanchez on the ground at first, giving themselves a stoppage run 1-2-3.

Walker stayed for the seventh inning, but after a long at bat by Jacob StallingsWalker hit 99 shots and his day was over. Drew Smith came in relief and quickly walked the first two batters he faced to load the bases. He retired the next two batters and had a chance to get out of the mess, but he walked the next batter, driving in a run and making the Mets 5-3.

Adam Ottavino came in to try and pull out the seventh inning final. He had Jesus Aguilar to steal center, ending the inning and preserving the Mets lead. Ottavino stayed in the bottom of the eighth and pitched a scoreless inning, thanks in part to a nice double play shot by Luis Guillorme and Lindor.

The Mets fell quietly in the top of the ninth, batting in order. Edwin Diaz came on as a substitute late in the ninth, attempting his 15th save of the year. He got some help on a misguided stolen base attempt by Jon Berti and pitched a scoreless inning for the stoppage.

Game player: Francois Lindor

Lindor was as hot as can be against Alcantara. His first-inning home run was only the fifth home run Alcantara had allowed in 100 innings. When Lindor came to the plate with the bases loaded in the sixth, Lindor more than rose to the occasion with a double clearing. It’s nice to see his bat starting to heat up again after his finger injury.

On the bridge

The Mets and Marlins will play Game 2 of their series Saturday at 4:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast on Pix 11. Chris Bassit leaves for the Mets, while Trevor Rogers starts for the Marlins.

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