Francisco Alvarez hit a 3-run homer in the first inning, one of five homers on the night, to back strong pitching from Jose Quintana to lead the Mets to an 11-5 win over the Nationals in a game that wasn’t that close. The Mets have now won four of their last five games and hold a 2.5 game lead in the chase for fourth place.
Alvarez has been scuffling for the last month and hasn’t hit lefties all season. So, it was especially nice to see him take Patrick Corbin deep to give Quintana a big cushion early.
Sent to the mound with a four-run lead, Quintana allowed hits to the first two batters and saw a run immediately shaved off his lead. But that’s all he would give up. Quintana ran a high pitch count the first two innings but settled in to give the Mets seven innings and handed off the game with a seemingly bullpen-safe lead at 10-1.
But Sam Coonrod faced five batters and they all reached base, with four of them coming in to score, to make the game look somewhat competitive.
Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso both homered for the Mets and Brandon Nimmo swatted two long balls. Alonso now has 42 HR on the year and the Mets’ top four home run hitters have combined for 112 HR. Remember a little while back when people tried to say with a straight face that Nimmo was succeeding because he wasn’t trying to hit home runs? I swear, it seems people would rather lose a game 3-2 if both runs came via bunts and sac flies rather than win a game 11-5 with five homers.
With the outing, Quintana lowered his ERA to 3.00 on the season, giving him a lower mark than Kodai Senga, albeit in significantly fewer innings. If you were told before Opening Day that Senga would have a 3.08 ERA and Quintana a 3.00 mark on 9/5 and that the top four HR guys had combined for 112 homers, you’d probably be feeling pretty good about where the Mets stood.
Oh well, at least the Baby Mets are getting a shot. Alvarez had a walk, another hit and stole a base, before being driven in by Ronny Mauricio. Mark Vientos was hit by a pitch twice and just missed a home run, with a ball hit high off the wall that went for a triple. And Brett Baty had a two-run single and made three nice plays in the field, ending the game with a strong throw to first after a flashy fielding play deep at 3B.