NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Lindor, James McCann and Jonathan Villar hit three of the Mets’ season-high 5 homers, Taijuan Walker pitched 5 scoreless innings in his return from the injured record and New York routed Atlanta 13-2 Saturday night time as phrase unfold that Braves star Marcell Ozuna had been arrested.
Ozuna was charged with aggravated assault strangulation and misdemeanor battery/household violence, in keeping with Fulton County Jail information in Georgia. The 30-year-old outfielder was booked Saturday by the Sandy Springs Police Division, and an obvious picture of his arrest was posted by a consumer on Twitter.
Ozuna, who led the NL with 18 homers final yr, was positioned on the injured record Friday by the Braves with two dislocated fingers on his left hand. He re-signed with Atlanta in February on a $65 million, four-year deal.
Brandon Drury and Billy McKinney piled on with homers through the Mets’ seven-run sixth inning. McKinney was enjoying his third recreation for New York after being acquired this week from Milwaukee.
Lindor linked within the seventh, his fourth homer since being traded by Cleveland in January and signing a $341 million, 10-year take care of New York.
Lindor raised his batting common to .191 with two hits, snapping a 1-for-17 slide. Booed often at Citi Subject this month, he mentioned earlier than the sport he understood fan frustrations and was working fervently to repair his swing.
Walker (4-1) had been out since Might 17 with left aspect tightness however returned in prime kind, placing out eight whereas permitting two hits and a stroll. The precise-hander threw 80 pitches and slimmed his ERA to 1.84 over 9 begins since signing a a $23 million, three-year contract with the Mets as a free agent.
NL East-leading New York has received 4 straight regardless of having 16 gamers on the injured record, bettering to 25-20. The Mets had 13 hits and topped three homers in a recreation for the primary time this yr.
Atlanta dropped to 24-26. The Braves haven’t had a successful document all season.
After Friday’s sequence opener was postponed by rain, the skies cleared in time Saturday for the groups to play on a soggy however manageable area. The temperature at first pitch was 51 levels, and showers forecast all through the weekend held off lengthy sufficient for the golf equipment to get the sport in.
Braves starter Ian Anderson (4-2) allowed 4 runs in 4 innings. The 23-year-old from Clifton Park, New York, was attempting to turn into the primary Empire State native to beat the Mets and Yankees on the street in the identical season. He received within the Bronx on April 21.
Anderson opened the primary inning by placing out Villar and Lindor earlier than McCann socked his solo shot the alternative solution to proper area. McCann had 4 hits and lifted his common from .197 to .221.
New York loaded the bases within the second however got here up empty when Villar’s two-out drive was caught on the warning monitor in proper.
Dominic Smith’s RBI single within the third made it 2-0 earlier than Villar led off the fifth with a homer.
Each groups flashed spectacular leather-based early. Within the first inning, Mets catcher Tomás Nido threw out Ronald Acuña Jr. attempting to steal second, and Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman leaped to snare Smith’s line drive. Within the second, Villar ended the inning by sprawling at third base for William Contreras’ line drive.
Braves: RHP Mike Soroka (torn proper Achilles tendon) will probably be re-evaluated in two weeks earlier than Atlanta decides whether or not he would possibly return this season.
Mets: 1B Pete Alonso (proper hand sprain) deliberate to ramp up baseball actions Saturday and Sunday, and the Mets are hoping he received’t want a rehab project earlier than returning. … OF Kevin Pillar (damaged nostril) is therapeutic forward of schedule and has resumed some baseball actions. Supervisor Luis Rojas mentioned Pillar would possibly must put on a protecting face protect within the outfield when he returns. … New York hopes to activate RHP Seth Lugo (proper elbow surgical procedure) on Monday, pending outcomes of his scheduled minor league rehab look Saturday.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom (3-2, 0.80 ERA) is ready Sunday night time for his second begin since an IL stint because of proper aspect tightness. The Braves plan to pitch LHP Max Fried (2-2, 4.63), although rain is within the forecast all day.
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