After a back-to-back walk to Brandon Nemo and Starling Mart, Lindor hit a campaign against Tyler Matzik that bounced off the orange running line and returned to play right in front of Citi Field’s apple. The judges originally ruled it a double, and that call was confirmed via a replay.
Lindor was concerned that quarterback Michael Harris II might have a shot at grabbing the ball.
He said, “If he goes up, he has a really good chance of catching him. So I was just hoping he would pounce anyway. I’m just happy with the results.”
Lindor has stayed in 19 home races this season, one shy of last season’s total. He had three hits, including one by RBI during the first inning of two rounds against Jake O’Dorrese (4-4). His double increased his New York edge to 5-0 and was part of his sixth three-stroke game of the year.
“I think that was his home ground,” said manager Buck Showalter. “Our guy (replay coordinator Harrison Friedland) said he touched the black back wall and then came back.”
Pete Alonso raised his NL-best RBI score total to 92 on his own, 10 men ahead of Paul Goldschmidt in the St. Louis first team.
Jeff McNeil, James McCann and Mart contributed singles to the RBI as the NL East leaders improved to MLB-best 30-9 after a loss and moved 4 1/2 games ahead of the Braves.
Ronald Acuna Jr. and Matt Olson hit the RBI singles seventh for the Braves, who are 4-6 in the season series.
Olson and Robbie Grossman also had RBI singles during the ninth round for Atlanta. Grossman’s song prompted Showalter to call up Diaz, and he needed seven pitches to finish his 25th save.
Starter David Peterson (6-2) helped make a good seventh start for New York by allowing three strokes in 5 rounds 1/3 for his third smooth start of the year.
Peterson hit five and walked three. He was consistently ahead of hitters, delivering first court strikes to 14 of 22 hitters.
“It’s kind of an understanding of the situation we’re in,” Peterson said. “We have five great starters, we couldn’t have asked for a better rotation. So being that sixth man is something I am very proud of.”
Peterson walked out to thunderous applause after Olson sniffed at the change. Peterson was also stranded with Acuña in third to finish fifth after the Slug star doubled and slipped safely before Marte’s throw from right field.
“He’s clearly been around today and has some good stuff,” Olson said.
After the opening, Peterson was selected for Triple-A Syracuse.
The left-handed started his outing by loading bases when Travis Darno hit a pitch. On the next court, Grossman lined up for Lindor, and shortly after Peterson’s escape, the Mets gave him a 2–0 lead.
Odorizzi worked during his Atlanta debut after his acquisition from Houston. He allowed three runs (two got) and six hits.
Odorizzi fell behind half of the 22 hitters he faced and also made a throwing foul that led to New York’s third round.
The Braves: RHP Darren O’Day (left calf tense) began the rehab job at High-A Rome on Friday and threw 13 throws in the fifth rounds to take the win. Uday has been out of action since July 12th…A coach Odorese visited him after his first step at five and said he had started to spasm his hamstring. Odorizzi has received an IV and is expected to make his next start.
Mets: RHP Tommy Hunter (Narrow Lumbar) has been placed on the hit list.
Atlanta: LHP Max Fried (10-3, 2.58 ERA), who has the longest active streak in the majors without Homer at nine posts and 59 1/3 innings, starts game two.
New York: RHP Max Scherzer (7-2, 2.13) is 2-1 with a 1.62 ERA in six times since returning from a tilt injury. The second match begins.