Francisco Lindor broke up a 4-4 tie with a two-run homer, leading the Mets to a 9-4 win over the Dodgers Friday night in Los Angeles. It’s the fifth win in a row for the Mets and makes them 11-3 in their last 14 games.

The Mets jumped out to a 4-0 lead against Yoshinobu Yamamoto, with DJ Stewart providing two of those runs with a solo homer and a sac fly. But the Dodgers rallied for solo runs in the fourth and fifth innings off Sean Manaea and tied the game off Reed Garret with two unearned runs due to two errors by Joey Wendle.

But after giving up the lead, the Mets immediately rallied back in the seventh inning. Starling Marte reached base on an error and proceeded to steal second base. And then Lindor, who came into the game 5-51 versus RHP, delivered a homer to put the Mets up for good.

The Mets tacked on two more runs in the eighth inning thanks to a two-run single by Marte and added another run in the ninth, as Stewart drove in Lindor for the game’s final run.

For the night, Mets hitters had nine runs and 14 hits, despite 13 strikeouts. They were 7-16 with runners in scoring position. In their last 12 games, the Mets have scored 80 runs. It’s just been a shocking display of offensive firepower. And for the cherry on top, Harrison Bader had a four-hit game.

But lest you think everything is dandy, the Mets did have one troubling thing happen in this game, as Francisco Alvarez again jammed his thumb and had to leave early. There was no report on the extent of his injury during the game.

5 comments on “Gut Reaction: Mets 9, Dodgers 4 (4/19/24)

  • NYM6986

    Beating the Dodgers in LA is always a treat, especially considering how good their lineup is. Betts, Freeman, Ohtani, Muncy, Smith, etc., OMG. They took the early lead and then came back in the late innings, which has been a trademark of the team this past 10 games. Nice to see Lindor with a big hit and I would not move him down in the lineup because he would get less at bats, and it is critical for him to get going. Another HR from Stewart, no hit all field Bader with four hits, making Sterns look like a genius moving Nimmo to left. The pitchers did their part and without Wendle’s errors, Garrett, who still has a zero ERA, would have remained untouchable. Stewart with an OPS around 1.03 let’s us breath until Martinez gets here. Worried about Alvarez and Baty and how quickly they will get back into the lineup. We might have been missing Alvarez’ bat for the most part but I like how he calls a game. At least Narvaez’ snag of that bases loaded nearly wild pitch, showed his value. Wonder if Nido is preparing to drive down from Syracuse to replace Alvarez? Ever the optimist, Butto goes for the series win today.

  • T.J.

    This was a tremendous team win, bouncing back from blowing a 4-0 lead with some poor defense. It allows for a little margin of error on this trip without blowing the good vibe of the hot streak.

    When the Mets came in 2nd for YY, I was relieved. The small sample to start his career won’t determine much, but I will always think that was too much risk regardless of the outcome. And, it was nice to put some knocks on him.

    Mr. Stewart now has some big OBP and OPS numbers. I’m not sure who the odd man out will be when JD is able to play, but not to many are yearning for him recently with Stewart Bader and Marte piling up hits.

    I was happy for Lindor but will be bummed if Alvarez has an issue that needs repair. That’s baseball, Susan, especially Mets baseball.

  • José Hunter

    Leave it to some people to focus on the minor details…

    I noticed that Pages did a slow turn into an off-speed pitch and was awarded 1B via HBP. Likewise, Alonso recently made an analogous non-effort to extricate himself from such a situation, but was not granted the free base

    Why did Mendoza not challenge yesterday’s result? It put the Mets in a dangerous situation which, along with the errors by Mr. Wendal, could have allowed the Dodgers to blow the game wide open. Fortunately, LAD only plated a pair

  • TexasGusCC

    So, last night after work, I turn on the game. The first batter I see with second and third and one out is Nimmo. He strikes out badly over swinging on pitches in the middle of the plate. Then, Marte strikes out fishing for pitches below the plate. Up first for the Bums is Ohtani, and he walks. I shut it off. I’m not helping.

    Very worried about Alvarez. Nice win, of course, but…

    Dodgers have three guys hitting .356 in the top four batting spots, and then Freeman at #3 is hitting .255 and struck out twice on sweepers. You know the Mets are monitoring Freeman’s productivity, so is his agent, Scott Boras.

  • Metsense

    Gut Reaction: Lindor, with his 167 BA , came up with the clutch home run has now been responsible offensively for two wins for the Mets. Stewart and Taylor have been good that Martinez isn’t missed. Stewart is a good left-handed power hitting bench player. Wendell had a tough day and should be worried about his place when Martinez is activated. Bader and Marte with two out hits producing runs the Mets breathing room for the victory. The bullpen was again exceptional.

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