Mets and Yankees Split Doubleheaders on a Busy Sunday

PHILADELPHIA – Pete Alonso homered twice, had three hits and drove in five runs to lead the Mets to a 6-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies in a doubleheader split on Sunday.

Chris Bassitt (4-2) allowed one run in 5 innings to help the NL East-leading Mets. Jean Segura is homered for the Phillies.

Phillies 3, Mets 2 (Game 1) | Box Score | Play-by-play

Mets 6, Phillies 1 (Game 2) | Box Score | Play-by-play

In the opener, Bryce Harper homered again off Max Scherzer and the Phillies became the first team to beat the new Mets ace, snapping a four-game skid by winning, 3-2.

Alonso almost single-handedly lifted the Mets in the nightcap, driving a changeup from Cristopher Sánchez (0-1) deep to left for a two-run homer in the first. He hit it even farther to left in the fifth off Nick Nelson, a three-run shot that put the Mets up 5-1.

“It felt good,” said Alonso of his second homer. “Just wanted to do what I could to put a good swing on a pitch in the zone.”

Alonso was 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts in the first game before helping the Mets avoid their second losing streak of the season.

“We’ve played such a great team baseball,” he said. “Everyone has the bell.”

Harper, using a pink bat for Mother’s Day, drove a 94-mile-per-hour fastball from Scherzer (4-1) over the wall to the right for a solo homer with two outs in the first. He screamed, “I love you, Mom!” into a TV camera before returning to the dugout.

“I thought we played well the first game and the second game got away from us,” Harper said.

Harper added an RBI single in the third. The reigning winner of the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award also homered off Scherzer, his former Washington teammate, on May 1.

“I think we need that,” said Phillies starter Kyle Gibson. “For the offense to come out and do what they did against Max was big.”

The single-admission doubleheader was part of a makeup game after the teams were rained out Friday and Saturday.

Scherzer suffered his first loss since last May 30, ending a string of 24 straight starts without a defeat. The streak spanned his starts with the Nationals, Dodgers and Mets.

The Mets officially released second baseman Robinson Canó before the game. The move comes a week after the slumping Cano was designated for an assignment despite nearly $ 45 million remaining on his contract. The Mets announced the news in their pregame notes and after manager Buck Showalter met with reporters.

The 39-year-old Canó sat out last season while serving his second suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. He batted .195 (8 for 41) with one home run, three RBI and a paltry .501 on-base plus slugging percentage in 43 plate appearances for the Mets. Canó has a .302 career batting average with 335 home runs, 1,305 RBI and an .842 OPS in 17 seasons. He has 2,632 hits, including 571 doubles.

Brad Miller snapped Michael King’s impressive scoreless streak with a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh inning that lifted the Texas Rangers over the Yankees, 4-2, on Sunday to salvage a doubleheader split.

The Yankees took the opener 2-1 on Gleyber Torres’ game-ending homer leading off the ninth. They had three hits in the nightcap after collecting just five in the early game.

Yankees 2, Rangers 1 (Game 1) | Box Score | Play-by-play

Rangers 4, Yankees 2 (Game 2) | Box Score | Play-by-play

King (2-1) had pitched 14 ⅓ without consecutive innings allowing a run before Miller smacked a 1-0 fastball out to center for a two-run lead. The Yankees right-hander hadn’t given up an RBI double since Toronto’s George Springer on April 11.

“It’s been a cold night and you’re facing a guy who hasn’t really given anything up all year,” Texas manager Chris Woodward said. “To square one up and the wind is blowing straight in. To hit it that far, it was a pretty good poke. “

It was Miller’s fourth career pinch-homer, and six of his 14 RBIs have been given Texas a lead this year.

“Credit to Miller,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone. “I think he was trying to get a four-seamer up and in there and probably didn’t get it where he wanted to, but I don’t think he missed it too badly, and Miller kind of sold out and got it. caught him. “

King relieved Jordan Montgomery after Jonah Heim opened the inning with a double to left. King walked Kole Calhoun, Nathaniel Lowe and retired Andy Ibáñez on a force out that moved Heim to third. Heim scored on a wild pitch to the backstop one pitch before Miller’s homer.

The rare ineffective outing raised King’s ERA from 0.51 to 1.42.

“Obviously I want to be great all the time out there and have a bad one always hurts,” King said. “But it is a learning experience. You got to keep going and bounce back. “

Elias White also homered as Texas won for the fifth time in six games.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer in the second game. The Yankees lost for only the second time in 14 games.

In the first game of the day, Torres’ seventh career game-ending hit gave the Yankees their third walk-off win this year. He connected off John King (1-1) in the short porch in the right field.

“The bigger the situation, the more it seems like it ratchets the concentration level a bit,” Boone said. “Cold day out there, it was good to see him stick to one.”

Rangers starter Dane Dunning lost his no-hit bid on an infield single by Judge to open the sixth.

Gerrit Cole allowed a run and five hits in 6 innings for the Yankees. He hit out 10, walked one and threw a season-high 114 pitches, reaching 100.6 miles per hour. Jonathan Loáisiga followed with Cole with one and two-thirds innings. Clay Holmes (3-0) worked around Mitch Garver’s double in the ninth.

Box scores and summaries for the rest of Sunday’s action.

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