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Alonso HR In 10th Lifts Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Hours after the Mets learned Max Scherzer will join fellow ace Jacob deGrom on the injured list, Pete Alonso kept New York rolling with a two-run homer in the 10th inning for a 7-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday.

Paul Goldschmidt tied it at 5 with two outs in the ninth off Mets closer Edwin Díaz with his fourth RBI of the game. Albert Pujols hit a run-scoring double play grounder in the 10th of the Cardinals’ first-extra inning game this year.

With the automatic runner on second, Alonso drove the second pitch from Giovanny Gallegos (0-2) into the left field second deck for his third career game-ending home run. It was the 10th homer for Alonso, who leads the majors with 33 RBIs.

Colin Holderman (1-0) got his first big league decision as the Mets moved a season-high 12 games over .500 at 26-14 by winning three of four from the Cardinals. It’s the first time since 2014 the Mets won the season series against St. Louis.

The Mets said during the game that Scherzer had been diagnosed with a strained oblique muscle in his left side after leaving Wednesday night’s win following a pitch. Scherzer is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.



BALTIMORE (AP) — Anthony Santander lined a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Lucas Luetge (1-1) and Baltimore avoided a four-game sweep by beating New York.

Felix Bautista (1-1) picked up the win for the Orioles, who earlier got a homer from Robinson Chirinos. It was the first home run by a Baltimore catcher at home this season.

Giancarlo Stanton homered for New York, who lost for just the second time in 11 games and is still a major-league best 28-10. The Yankees fell to 18-1 when scoring five runs or more this season.

The Yankees were down to their last out in the ninth when DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single off closer Jorge Lopez that tied it at 6. The Orioles answered when Austin Hays reached on a throwing error by third baseman Josh Donaldson, who had pinch-hit in the top half of the inning. One out later, Trey Mancini singled and Santander followed with a drive to left field for his seventh homer of the season.



BOSTON (AP) — Trevor Story had three homers, four hits and seven RBIs to help Boston rally from a four-run deficit to beat Seattle.

Story slugged a pair of two-run homers and a three-run shot in the eighth, and also singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth with the help of a wild throw by Julio Rodriguez. In the first season of a $140, six-year contract, Story had just two homers in 32 games entering Thursday.



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Yu Darvish escaped a jam and retired $179 million of offense in Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos in a key spot, pitching seven shutout innings to lead San Diego past Philadelphia.



CLEVELAND (AP) — Tyler Naquin homered in the fifth inning and scored on Kyle Farmer’s go-ahead single in the eighth, leading Cincinnati past Cleveland for the first series sweep of its Ohio neighbors since 2014.

The Reds won both games in the rain-extended interleague set and are showing positive signs after starting the season 3-21. They’re 8-5 since May 5.

Cincinnati snapped a 1-1 tie by scoring three runs in the eighth off Trevor Stephan (2-1), who gave up three straight singles to start the inning and threw wildly to first for an error after fielding a bunt.

Luis Cessa (2-0) replaced effective Reds starter Tyler Mahle in the seventh and got the win. Tony Santillan worked 1 2/3 innings for his second save.

Guardians manager Terry Francona was back running the team after testing positive for COVID-19 and missing four games. Cleveland’s base coaches, Sandy Alomar and Mike Sarbaugh, are still sidelined. The Guardians also could be without star third baseman Jose Ramirez, who’ll undergo X-rays and other tests on his right shin after fouling a ball off his shin in the eighth inning.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Luis Robert homered and drove in four runs as Chicago rallied past Kansas City to win the five-game series.



CHICAGO (AP) — Zac Gallen pitched five effective innings, Daulton Varsho homered and Arizona stopped a six-game slide by beating Chicago.



HOUSTON (AP) — Martín Maldonado hit a three-run double and Jose Altuve added a season-high four hits to back a strong start by Framber Valdez as Houston continued its home dominance of Texas.

The victory extended Houston’s winning streak at home against the Rangers to 11. Texas went 0-9 at Minute Maid Park last season and hasn’t won in Houston since Sept. 16, 2020.

The Astros, who lost two of the last three on the road, won their ninth straight overall at home.

Valdez (3-2) allowed six hits and a run while tying a season high with seven strikeouts in seven innings for his second straight win.

Glenn Otto (1-2) pitched well after giving up two early runs, but the Rangers couldn’t provide any run support after the first to keep the rookie winless since April 22. He yielded seven hits and two runs in a career-high six innings.

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