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Thursday, August 11, 2022

Lindor Homers KO at 4 as Mets beat Marlins 5-3

MIAMI ( Associated Press) — Francisco Lindor hit a homer, doubled and drove four runs to lead the New York Mets 5-3 over the Miami Marlins on Friday night.

Mark Kanha also went deep and Taijuan Walker pitched six-plus innings of a three-time throw for the NL East leaders. Walker (6-2) allowed eight hits, passed two and struck out five.

All three runners scored on Lindor’s bases-laden double in the sixth to give New York a 5–2 lead.

Miami starter Sandy Alcantara (7-3), who came in with a 1.72 ERA, gave up five runs — four earned — and six hits in seven innings. The right-hander has walked at least seven innings in nine straight outings.

Prior to Lindor’s double to right center, Starling Marte appeared to be in a double play. But the Mets successfully challenged second baseman Willians Astudillo’s failure to tag runner Brandon Nimmo and Marte beat Astudillo’s throw for first. Thomas Nido, who started the inning with a single, finished third.

Astudillo finished in sixth place after Jazz Chisholm, Jr. left with back spasms.

Garrett Cooper’s two-out walk against pitcher Drew Smith with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh put Miami up 5–3. Adam Ottavino sent Jesús Aguilar off when he moved to center and scored a scoreless eighth.

Edwin Diaz worked two singles in a scoreless ninth game for his 15th save.

The loss ended the Marlins’ six-game home winning streak.

Canya broke the 1-all tie with a solo homer from Alcantara in the fifth. Alcantara retired 11 times just before Caña landed in the seats on the left.

The Marlins responded in the bottom half when Jon Berti hit Jorge Solera’s goal. Bertie hit the only single and moved up to third on Chisholm’s single from the right.

Lindor quickly put the Mets ahead with his solo shot in the first match. He drilled an Alcantara sinker at 99 mph over the center wall for his 12th homer.

It was the first home run allowed by Alcantara since May 11, a 61 1/3 inning stretch.

Cooper’s hit single in the bottom half equalized.


The Mets restored C James McCann from the injured list and drafted C Patrick Mazeika to Triple-A Syracuse. … RHP Seth Lugo was activated from the paternity list on Thursday and RHP Yoan Lopez was selected to Syracuse.


Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (oblique warp) will not be activated to start the final series on Sunday. Manager Buck Showalter said that Scherzer is making progress but has not yet reached the level he should be. He could start a second minor league rehab before returning to the major league rotation. … Depending on the outcome of his bullpen day, RHP Carlos Carrasco (stress in the lower back) could make his next scheduled start.

Marlins: INF Miguel Rojas was late due to a bruised bone in his right leg. … 3B/OF Brian Anderson (slight disc bulge) was named hitter for Triple-A Jacksonville. Anderson played five innings at third base with the minor league club on Thursday.


Before the game, a moment of silence was observed on the anniversary of the collapse of a 12-story apartment building in the nearby town of Surfside. The collapse killed 98 residents.


Mets RHP Chris Bassitt (5-4, 4.03 ERA) starts Game 2 of the series on Saturday against LHP Trevor Rodgers (3-6, 5.83).


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