With the Mets (New York Mets championship rings) trailing by a run in the eighth inning, Pete Alonso drove a fastball from Tanner Rainey down the left-field line, well over the foul pole. "I talked to it," Alonso said. "I was like `stay fair, please' and it listened." Alonso set the Mets rookie record for home runs before the All-Star break with 1 1/2 months to spare, Amed Rosario had a winning infield single with two outs in the ninth and New York rallied from deficits three times to beat the Washington Nationals 6-5 Tuesday night. Washington led 1-0 in the fifth, 3-1 in the seventh and 5-4 in the eighth, but the Mets (22-25) kept bouncing back and won their second straight game after general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Mickey Callaway will remain the team's manager "for the foreseeable future."
Alonso's 16th homer broke the team rookie record for the first half set by Ron Swoboda in 1965. Alonso turned on a 1-2 pitch from Rainey (0-1), and the ball rose 126 feet and bounced off the Porsche Grille restaurant. The home run call on the field was upheld by a video review. Rainey walked Adeiny Hechavarria and J.D. Davis with one out in the ninth, Kyle Barraclough relieved and Jeff McNeil grounded into a forceout that left runners at the corners. McNeil advanced on defensive indifference and, with Robinson Cano on deck, Rosario hit a two-hopper grounder to shortstop and beat Trea Turner's throw. "He just willed himself to run faster it looked like to me," Callaway said "It was unbelievable." Rosario made it to first in 4.03 seconds according to StatCast.
"I felt like I threw it good, but he can run," Turner said. Rosario clapped his hands and was mobbed by teammates between second and third before getting doused by Alonso. "The moment I hit that ball, I immediately thought I have to get there," Rosario said through a translator. Edwin Diaz (1-2) worked around a ninth-inning single for his first win with the Mets. Washington (19-29) lost its third straight and dropped a season-high 10 games under .500
Mets (custom championship rings) starter Zack Wheeler gave up three runs and four hits in seven innings, while Washington's Erick Fedde allowed one run and four hits in five innings. Juan Soto homered in the second, but McNeil tied the score with a fifth-inning single. Brian Dozier put the Nationals back ahead with a two-run homer in the seventh, but Davis's three-run pinch homer off Wander Suero gave the Mets a 4-3 lead in the bottom half. Turner hit a tying double in the eighth off Jeurys Familia and scored on Soto's double against Daniel Zamora. "We're right there, but we've got to win," Washington manager Dave Martinez said. "The bottom line is we have to start winning."
Nationals: RHP Jeremy Hellickson (strained right shoulder) was placed on the 10-day IL. Washington manager Dave Martinez does not think it will be a long stint. Hellickson saw a doctor Monday and was cleared to keep throwing. ... RHP Anibal Sanchez (strained left hamstring) had a bullpen session Tuesday and could throw a simulated game Friday.
Mets (mlb world series championship rings): OF Michael Conforto (concussion) rode a bike on Monday, his first physical activity since being placed on the 7-day concussion IL. Callaway said he did not know whether Conforto would be activated when first eligible on Friday. ... CF Brandon Nimmo (sore neck) was a late scratch from the starting lineup. ... LHP Jason Vargas (left hamstring tightness) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and could pitch this weekend against Detroit.
The $330 million slugger homered for the second straight day and pinch-hitter J.T. Realmuto also went deep to help the Philadelphia Phillies (custom Philadelphia Phillies championship rings) complete a three-game sweep of the Colorado Rockies with a 7-5 victory Sunday. Harper's tiebreaking, two-run shot in the sixth inning wasn't as prodigious as his 466-foot drive in Saturday's 2-1 victory, but this 404-footer had plenty of distance to clear the right-center wall for the NL East leaders. The 2015 NL MVP also had a first-inning single and an RBI groundout in the second. He is batting .417 with two homers and six RBI in his last three games after hitting .148 without an RBI while striking out 13 times during an eight-game stretch. "We all knew this moment was coming," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "When he's on, he's so captivating and charismatic."
Kapler resisted a daily growing buzz in Philadelphia to sit Harper during his recent slump, instead letting him play through it. While the results have changed, Harper's approach hasn't. "Each day I try to get better and stick with the same routine," Harper said. "Keep progressing whether you're 0 for 4 or 4 for 4. Same mindset." Ryan McMahon hit two homers, and Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story also went deep for the Rockies on a picturesque, 85-degree day with the wind blowing out to center. Colorado, which dropped 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West, has lost four straight.
Realmuto tied it at 5 in the sixth with his first career pinch-hit homer, a two-run shot to left off Bryan Shaw (2-1). Rockies manager Bud Black lifted Shaw for Mike Dunn with one on and two outs to face Harper, who launched a 3-1 slider into Philadelphia's (championship rings) bullpen. "Got a pitch over the plate I could handle," Harper said. That set off a wild celebration from the crowd of 38,603 -- many of them kids wearing an arm sleeve giveaway similar to Harper's. Earlier in the week, Harper was hearing boos. Now cheers. No offense taken. "Plain and simple, they (care)," Harper said. "The city has my back."
Edgar Garcia (1-0) got one out in the sixth for his first major league win. Pat Neshek pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save. Despite starter Kyle Freeland's troubles, Colorado led 5-3 after McMahon went deep for the second time when he drove Jose Alvarez's 80 mph curve into the seats in right. In the fourth, McMahon cleared the wall in left. He has two career two-homer games -- both against the Phillies this season.
Freeland continued to struggle. He finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting last season while setting a club record for the lowest ERA (2.85) by a lefty starter. But he exited after just 1 2/3 innings Sunday, giving up three runs and four hits. Freeland has an 8.03 ERA in his last five starts while allowing 28 hits -- nine homers -- over 24 2/3 innings with 14 walks.
"He was around the zone, but he just couldn't establish anything he could go to (for a strike)," Black said.
Phillies (world series rings for sale) starter Jerad Eickhoff was tagged for three home runs. He has served up five long balls in his last two games after not giving up a homer over 31 innings to start the season.
Blackmon began the game with his 33rd leadoff homer, tying Paul Molitor for 12th on the career list.
Phillies: Activated INF-OF Scott Kingery (strained right hamstring) from the injured list and sent OF Nick Williams to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Kingery, starting in center field for the first time in his career, went 1 for 3.
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