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Lindor Slugs a Pair of 2-Run Homers to Lead Mets Over Giants
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April 25, 2024

Francisco Lindor hit a pair of two-run homers as the Mets avoid a three-game series sweep on Wednesday with an 8-2 win over the Giants. (GV Wire Composite)

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SAN FRANCISCO — Francisco Lindor hit a pair of two-run homers and the New York Mets avoided a three-game series sweep on Wednesday with an 8-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Lindor went 4 for 5 with four RBIs and recorded the 16th multi-homer game of his career.

“Yesterday it seemed like I wasn’t on any pitch. Today it seemed like I was on most of the pitches,” Lindor said. “It feels really good, especially when you win.”

Tyrone Taylor homered and added a two-run double, and Jeff McNeil had an RBI single as New York snapped a three-game skid.

“(Taylor) is going to be a huge part of this team moving forward,” Mets manager Carlos Mendoza said. “I’m just happy that he’s having great results because he’s such a great guy, but he’s also a really good player.”

Tyler Fitzgerald homered for San Francisco, which was seeking its first three-game winning streak of the season.

Mets starter Sean Manaea struggled with his command, but battled through 4 2/3 scoreless innings with six strikeouts and four walks. The 32-year-old left-hander allowed four hits, all singles.

Manaea, who pitched for the Giants last season, threw 101 pitches and was lifted with two outs in the fifth inning, one out shy of qualifying for a win.

“It might’ve been one of the best, worst games I’ve ever had in my life,” Manaea joked. “From a pure pitching standpoint, I’m just falling behind guys, walking guys, but also getting outs when I needed to.”

Up Next

Mets: RHP José Buttó (0-0, 1.65 ERA) starts Friday night as New York opens a three-game home series against the Cardinals. St. Louis counters with RHP Miles Mikolas (1-3, 6.49).

Giants: LHP Kyle Harrison (2-1, 5.00) opens a three-game home series against the Pirates on Friday night. Pittsburgh has not announced a starter.

Game Highlights

Reed Garrett pitched the next two innings, allowing his first earned run of the season on Fitzgerald’s homer in the seventh. Garrett (4-0) struck out four and earned his fourth win, tied for the most in the majors.

Scheduled Giants starter Blake Snell was scratched and placed on the 15-day injured list with a left adductor strain.

Ryan Walker opened in Snell’s place and San Francisco used seven pitchers.

After a scoreless first inning, Lindor hit a two-run homer off Giants reliever Sean Hjelle in the second, and Taylor launched a solo shot in the third.

Hjelle (0-1) permitted three runs and three hits in two innings, with a walk and two strikeouts.

“It’s just a couple of pitches,” Giants manager Bob Melvin said. “Gave up a couple of hits and a walk, but homers tend to do some damage.”

New York tacked on three runs in the fifth on Taylor’s two-run double and McNeil’s RBI single.

Lindor hit another two-run homer in the ninth off Mitch White, who was acquired by San Francisco from the Blue Jays for cash considerations on Saturday.

San Francisco’s LaMonte Wade Jr. scored on a throwing error by Pete Alonso in the bottom of the ninth.

The Mets improved to 13-6 in their last 19 games after starting the season 0-5.

Trainer’s Room

Mets: Veteran slugger J.D. Martinez (lower back tightness) played in his second game at Triple-A Syracuse and is expected to make his Mets debut Friday at home against St. Louis.

Giants: Thairo Estrada (left hamstring tightness) was replaced at second base before the start of the sixth inning. “He wanted to stay in the game,” Melvin said. “(We) tried to be proactive, but we’ll see how he feels tomorrow. He’s going to come in and get some treatment. Hopefully he’s OK.”

Roster Move

The Giants recalled RHP Landen Roupp from Triple-A Sacramento to take Snell’s spot on the active roster. Roupp allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings.

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