MIAMI (AP) — Pete Alonso hit two home runs, including the 100th of his career, and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 9-4 on Tuesday night to give Carlos Carrasco his first win with the team.
Alonso launched a two-run homer in the first inning for No. 100 and later added a solo shot. The 26-year-old slugger reached the milestone in his 347th game, the second-fastest in major league history. Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard did it in 325 games.
Alonso’s long ball in the ninth gave him 32 this season.
Francisco Lindor’s two-run single in the sixth capped a three-run sixth that snapped a 4-all tie. Jeff McNeil hit a leadoff single against reliever Paul Campbell (1-3) and scored on shortstop Jazz Chisholm Jr.’s fielding error with the bases loaded.
Carrasco (1-2) threw five innings of four-run ball in his eighth start for the Mets. Only one of the runs he allowed was earned as New York committed three errors during his outing.
The veteran right-hander, acquired with Lindor from Cleveland in the offseason, gave up seven hits, struck out four and walked one. He missed the first four months of the season because of a hamstring injury.
The third-place Mets (70-69) remained four games behind NL East leader Atlanta but gained a game on the second-place Phillies.
Aaron Loup relieved Carrasco and pitched a perfect sixth. The Mets got scoreless innings from Trevor May and Brad Hand before Miguel Castro closed it with a perfect ninth.
Two-sport Olympic silver medalist Eddy Alvarez was promoted from the Marlins’ Triple-A club Tuesday and started at second base. Alvarez, a member of the recent U.S. Olympic baseball team and a speed skater in the 2014 Winter Games, went 1 for 4 with an RBI and scored once.
Miami starter Edward Cabrera was lifted after three consecutive walks and two hit batters that put New York ahead 4-2 in the third. Cabrera allowed one hit and walked four in 2 1/3 innings.
Isan Díaz’s sacrifice fly and Alvarez’s run-scoring double in the bottom half tied it at 4.
Alonso gave the Mets an early lead with his shot off Cabrera. Miami cut the deficit on Jesús Sánchez’s RBI single in the bottom half.