Pete Alonso, Dominic Smith keep heating up in Mets’ win over Brewers

Dominic Smith and Pete Alonso heating up simultaneously is the kind of tantalizing proposition that should excite the Mets.

Dominic Smith and Pete Alonso heating up simultaneously is the kind of tantalizing proposition that should excite the Mets.

Now stacked as the No. 3 and 4 hitters in the lineup, Smith and Alonso helped carry the Mets during the Subway Series this past weekend, and Monday night were back to inflict damage on a new opponent.

The tandem was central to a seventh-inning rally and finished with three of the team’s RBIs in a 4-2 victory over the Brewers at Citi Field. The Mets won for the third time in four games and extended their lead to 4 ½ games over the Braves in the NL East.

Alonso smashed a go-ahead double for two runs in the seventh after Smith had followed a Francisco Lindor leadoff walk with a single. Smith drove in the Mets’ first run of the game in the fourth.

Pete Alonso hits a go-ahead two-run double in the seventh inning of the Mets’ win over the Brewers on July 5, 2021.
Robert Sabo

It came after a weekend in which Alonso and Smith combined for three homers and seven RBIs, helping the Mets win two of three against the Yankees.

Edwin Diaz put a scare into the Mets in the ninth, allowing a run on two hits and a walk before getting the final three outs for his 18th save in 19 chances. Aaron Loup, Seth Lugo and Trevor May each pitched a scoreless inning in relief behind rookie Tylor Megill.

Brandon Woodruff brought a 1.87 ERA into the game for the Brewers and faced little resistance until the seventh, when the Mets erupted for three runs. Alonso’s two-run double was the key hit in the inning. Michael Conforto later delivered an RBI single to snap an 0-for-13 drought.

Dominic Smith celebrates after scoring on Pete Alonso’s double in the Mets’ win over the Brewers on July 5, 2021.
Bill Kostroun

In the best start of his three to begin his major league career, Megill allowed one run on two hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over five innings. The rookie right-hander was removed after 92 pitches.

Megill was coming off a five-inning performance against the Braves in which he allowed three earned runs and struck out eight. In his major league debut a week earlier he allowed two earned runs over 4 ¹/₃ innings against the Braves.

Tylor Megill earned his first MLB win in the Mets’ victory over the Brewers on July 5, 2021.
Robert Sabo

Megill’s only blemish on this night was a 1-1 changeup that Omar Narvaez blasted for a solo homer in the fourth. The Brewers’ only other hit against Megill was Willy Adames’ two-out double in the first. Narvaez was then hit by a pitch, but Megill struck out Tyrone Taylor to escape.

Brandon Nimmo’s leadoff double in the fourth led to the Mets tying it 1-1. Lindor’s bunt moved Nimmo to third and Smith hit a sacrifice fly to bring in the run. Nimmo, who went 5-for-14 (.357) in the Subway Series after returning from two months on the injured list, continued to make his presence felt atop the lineup.

This story originally appeared on: NyPost - Author:Mike Puma

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