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Pete Alonso hit his 40th home run to break the National League rookie record, capping a late outburst by the New York Mets in their 11-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hit his 40th home run on Sunday to set the National League rookie record for home runs in a season.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Pete Alonso smashes his 40th home run -- a new National League record for rookies, breaking Cody Bellinger's mark set in 2017. Next up: Mark McGwire's 49 from 1987 and then Aaron Judge's record of 52, also set in 2017. He's also one away from tying the Mets' franchise record of 41, shared by Todd Hundley and Carlos Beltran.
Jacob deGrom pitched seven sharp innings and Pete Alonso put the New York Mets ahead with a two-run single in a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.
Mike Montgomery outpitched Noah Syndergaard, and the Kansas City Royals ended their scoreless drought Friday night in a 4-1 victory over the New York Mets.
Buster and Tim Kurkjian discuss league-wide bullpen struggles, Pete Alonso's versatility and if Bryce Harper's heroics last night will launch the turning point for him and the Phillies (12:14). Then, Jessica Mendoza provides the latest on the LLWS before previewing this weekend's Williamsport Classic (25:54). Plus, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer gives some "Inside Heat" on the Phillies and Charlie Manuel's impact on the team (40:52).
Pete Alonso drove in six runs with five hits, including a three-run homer that helped lead to Julio Teheran's shortest career start, and the New York Mets held on in the ninth inning to beat the Atlanta Braves 10-8 on Thursday night.
Mets slugger Pete Alonso tied the NL rookie record for home runs with his 39th, matching the Dodgers' Cody Bellinger from the 2017 season. Alonso did it with a 451-foot, three-run blast off the Atlanta Braves' Julio Teheran.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Coming off three straight losses, Pete Alonso gives the Mets an early 3-0 lead with a three-run home run off Julio Teheran in the first inning, depositing a long home run in the pool beyond the center-field fence. With his 39th home run, Alonso also ties Cody Bellinger's National League record for a rookie, set in 2017.
Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn became big names when they were shipped out of New York. Now, they could be the future of the Mariners.
Tyler Flowers drove in a tiebreaking run with an infield hit, and the Atlanta Braves scored five runs off Seth Lugo in the seventh and survived a ninth-inning scare in a 6-4 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.
Mets All-Star second baseman Jeff McNeil was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday due to a mild left hamstring strain. The team called up Ruben Tejada from Triple-A to fill McNeil's spot.
Mets second baseman Jeff McNeil, who is vying for a batting title, had to be helped off the field in the ninth inning Tuesday night after he sustained a hamstring injury while trying to beat out a grounder in a loss to the Braves.
Ronald Acuna Jr. homered and threw out a runner at the plate to back Max Fried's fifth straight win, leading the Atlanta Braves past the New York Mets 5-3 on a sweltering Tuesday night.
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Asdrubal Cabrera hit a tiebreaking, two-run double against his former team and the Nationals bullpen finally locked down a lead in Flushing, lifting Washington over the streaking New York Mets 7-4 on Sunday.
Luis Guillorme picked a perfect time for his first big league homer -- a tying shot leading off the eighth -- J.D. Davis added a go-ahead sacrifice fly, and the New York Mets worked their magic again, beating the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Saturday.
Tim Tebow, who had to get stitches after cutting his hand while fielding a ball in the outfield for Triple-A Syracuse on July 21, will not return for the Mets' affiliate this season, according to reports.