The Mets broke open a tie game with a 10-run sixth inning en route to a 13-4 win over the Pirates in the first of a four-game set at Citi Field Friday night.
Brandon Nimmo got the big rally going in the sixth inning with a single. Francisco Lindor drew a walk and Dominic Smith put the Mets ahead with an RBI single. Pete Alonso followed with a 3-run homer. The next two runs scored without a hit, as Jose Peraza got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Nimmo followed with a walk. Then Lindor capped the inning with a homer, the first grand slam for the Mets this season.
Jonathan Villar hit homers from both sides of the plate, the first coming as a lefty in the third inning to tie the game at 1-1 and the second as a righty in the seventh inning, estimated at 437 feet for the Mets’ final run.