SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pete Alonso hit an early three-run homer moments after Francisco Lindor’s tying, two-run double, and the New York Mets kept slugging all game long to rout the stumbling San Francisco Giants 13-3 on Monday night.
Jeff McNeil added a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Mark Canha followed with a solo drive in his return to the Bay Area after playing for the Oakland Athletics. That was the second time the Mets connected for back-to-back homers this year, also on April 15 against Arizona.
Brandon Crawford put the Giants on the board first with a two-run homer in the second off lefty David Peterson (2-0), pitching in Max Scherzer’s place with the ace right-hander sidelined by an oblique strain.
J.D. Davis broke out of a slump with four hits for the NL East-leading Mets, who are in a grueling stretch with 16 games in as many days. They won for the fifth time in six games, and were certainly thrilled with sunny skies and warm San Francisco temperatures — at least until the late innings — after coming from a Colorado snowstorm.
Eduardo Escobar contributed a two-run double in the ninth as the Mets finished with 18 hits. Davis hit an RBI double in the sixth and a run-scoring single in the ninth for New York (29-15), which set a season high for runs and moved a season-best 14 games over .500.
Peterson, just recalled from the minors, received ample run support from the Mets’ big-swinging lineup while again pitching beautifully on the road.
Defending NL West champion San Francisco, which won a franchise-best 107 games last season, matched the club’s longest losing streak of the season at five games.
Alex Cobb (3-2) was tagged for 10 hits in his second straight start. He struck out seven and didn’t walk a batter over six innings. Cobb had won his previous two outings despite allowing eight earned runs and 13 hits over 10 2/3 innings.
BUCK’S BIRTHDAY SURPRISE
Donning party hats, the Mets surprised first-year manager Buck Showalter on his 66th birthday with a team celebration in the indoor batting cage before meetings. They sang to Showalter, who was led down to the area by Escobar.
Mets: RHP Tylor Megill threw long toss as he works back from right biceps inflammation that landed him on the injured list.
Giants: OF Austin Slater was placed on the 10-day IL with inflammation in his left wrist after he hurt it Sunday. San Francisco recalled OF Stuart Fairchild from Triple-A Sacramento to take his place. He started in center field and batted ninth, going 0 for 2.
RHP Chris Bassitt (4-2, 2.77 ERA), who starred across the bay with Oakland, pitches Tuesday for the Mets. He is 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA in four career starts vs. the Giants and has never won in San Francisco’s ballpark with only one prior outing here. The Giants counter with RHP Logan Webb (5-1, 3.54), seeking his fifth straight win.
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