NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Starling Marte and Nick Plummer each scored and finished home with four RBIs as the New York Mets blasted an early offensive to beat the Washington Nationals 13-5 on Monday night.
The top three batsmen in the Mets’ order – Luis Guillorme, Marte and Francisco Lindor – combined to reach base in their first nine plate appearances, all of which came in the first three innings against national starter Eric Fedde and reliever Andrés Machado.
New York trailed 3–0 after the half-inning but went 12–4 after the fourth.
Lindor had an RBI single in first and third. He has had at least one RBI in each of the last eight games, the longest streak by a Mets player since Carlos Beltrán and Carlos Delgado, both of whom had an eight-game RBI streak in June 2006.
Plummer’s RBI double gave the first run of the second of four, when Guillorm had a run-scoring single and Marte hit his two-run homer. Marte added a two-run single in third and Plummer – whose first career hit was a tying homer in Sunday night’s 5-4 ninth inning, 10-innings win over Philadelphia – hit an opposite field, three-run shot. Fourth.
Plummer completed just shy of triple of the cycle in his second major league debut.
Pete Alonso took the lead in eighth place for the Mets, who piled up 16 hits and matched his season for runs. Alonso has 30 RBIs in May – the eighth time in franchise history a player has recorded at least 30 in a month.
Every batsman for the Mets reached base at least once except Jeff McNeill, who was 0 for 5 but was hit in a run-scoring double play in the first innings to draw New York 3-2.
Colin Holderman (2–0) won with 1 1/3 innings of a one-run delivery, relieving David Peterson, who had been skittish to qualify for the win. Pietersen was charged with conceding four runs on six hits and four walks, while bowling one out and throwing just 44 of his 88 pitches to strike.
Four straight nationals reached base with a first out against Peterson, extending the lead 3–0 with a sacrificial fly by Len Thomas before Josh Bell hit a two-run single.
Bell added an RBI single in fifth and Cesar Hernandez had an RBI single in sixth,
Fedde (3-4) allowed six runs without a strike and eight hits in 1 1/3 innings – the most runs scored by a national pitcher in 1 1/3 innings or less when a six on Fedde was alleged. Four in a 24-8 loss to San Diego last July.
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A crowd of 22,007 at Citi Field offered cheering cheer for the highlights of each of the first four goals scored by the New York Rangers in their Game 7 win over the Carolina Hurricanes in their NHL playoff series.
First base umpire and crew chief Greg Gibson broke out with a Mets athletic trainer after a leadoff single from Mark Canha in second. After a hot and humid afternoon, the temperature of the first pitch was 74 degrees.
The game ended with three umpires. Nick Maherley stayed behind the plate and second base umpire Will Little was transferred to first, with third base umpire Jordan Baker rotating as needed between second and third.
Citizens: Manager Dave Martinez said he hopes RHP Stephen Strasberg (thoracic outlet syndrome surgery) can throw a bullpen in a few days before taking on his rehab assignment to Triple-A Rochester. Strasbourg bowled five hitless innings on Sunday in his second start for Class A Fredericksburg. … INF/Of Ehire Adrienza (left quad) had a day off and is expected to join Rochester on Tuesday. Martinez said he wants Adrienza, who is yet to play this season, to have some time in the outfield before returning to the Nationals. … RHP Joe Ross (elbow) is still waiting for a second opinion on the MRI, which he had last week.
Mets: OF Travis Jankowski said two screws were inserted into his broken arm after diving injured for a flyball last Wednesday. He is expected to leave for at least six weeks. … RHP Drew Smith (Rumped Pinky on the right) keeps going day in and day out. No fractures were detected after the injury reached the returning player on Sunday night. … Brandon Nimmo (right wrist) took a swing in the batting cage on Monday afternoon, but was dismissed for his third straight game.
Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (1-7, 6.30 ERA) earned his first win of the season last Thursday when he conceded three runs in 6 1/3 innings against Colorado.
Mets: RHP Trevor Williams (0-3, 4.37 ERA) will make his fourth start of the season on Tuesday night as he auditions to fill fifth place in a briefly decreasing rotation.
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