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Final Score: Mets 5, Rays 2—Lugo and Alonso shine in victory

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Alonso’s offense supports an excellent start from Seth Lugo.

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at New York Mets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays and Mets exchanged solar home runs in the second inning, as Willy Adames opened the scoring with a home run off of Seth Lugo, and Robinson Cano responded in the bottom of the frame by sneaking his 10th home run of the season inside the left field foul pole off of Rays’ starter Blake Snell. The Mets had a chance for more in the inning, but Kevin Kiermaier made an excellent throw to nail Pete Alonso at the plate on a Jeff McNeil single to end the inning.

Lugo was excellent thereafter, effectively outdueling the 2018 American League Cy Young Award Winner, who struggled some with command and a high pitch count. Alonso supplied the offense in the middle innings, putting Mets in front for good with a solo blast to the opposite field in the fourth, then extending the lead to 3-1 with an RBI single off of John Curtiss in the sixth.

Lugo had a chance to pitch through the seventh, but a Todd Frazier error put two runners on in the seventh. Justin Wison allowed the unearned run to score on a wild pitch, but held the score at 3-2 by striking out pinch hitter Hunter Renfroe.

The Mets extended the lead on a solo home run from Guillermo Heredia in the seventh and an RBI groundout from Alonso in the eighth before Edwin Diaz closed out the win. The victory keeps the Mets mathematically—if probably not realistically—alive for a playoff spot, as this unusual regular season draws to a close.

Full recap to follow.

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