Alonso hits 1st career HR to help Mets beat Marlins 7-3

MIAMI (AP) The New York Mets poured it on.

Pete Alonso, their 230-pound rookie slugger, squeezed into a clubhouse cart as ordered by teammates for a postgame dousing that included every available substance.

''A couple of eggs,'' Alonso said. ''Barbecue sauce. Mayonnaise. Beer. Shaving cream. Maybe ketchup and mustard. Maybe relish.''

He didn't mind because the shower was celebratory - a reward for his first major league homer. Alonso's three-run shot capped a four-run ninth inning, and the Mets overcame 16 strikeouts by their hitters to rally past the Miami Marlins 7-3 Monday night.

Manager Mickey Callaway smiled watching Alonzo get the treatment for his first homer.

''We knew that was going to come at some point,'' Callaway said. ''It's still a special occasion for a young player.''

While the Mets were giddy about a 3-1 start, Marlins manager Don Mattingly stewed about several calls. He was especially upset that plate umpire Sam Holbrook ruled Juan Lagares was hit by a two-strike pitch trying to bunt, which sparked the Mets' ninth-inning rally.

Holbrook said Lagares didn't offer at the pitch, and the ruling was upheld by a replay review.

''That was a shaky call,'' Mattingly said. ''Sam said he was trying to get out of the way. But he never pulled the bat back in any way, shape or form.''

Said Callaway: ''I saw a guy trying to get out of the way of a fastball that was going to hit him in the face.''

Mattingly also complained that Holbrook missed two pitches by the Marlins that should have been strike three, calls that led to a Mets run.

''I'm not supposed to complain about calls, but the league needs to look at it,'' Mattingly said. ''I don't understand a lot of it tonight. I understand the Marlins are not supposed to be good this year; I guess it's OK to pile on.

''It's got to be better than that.''

With the score 3-all, Mets pinch-hitter Dominic Smith singled to start the ninth. Drew Steckenrider (0-1) then came inside on Lagares as he squared to bunt, hitting him on the right hand.

Amed Rosario's single put the Mets ahead, and on the next pitch, Alonso homered to center field.

Alonso led the minors last year with 36 homers and 119 RBIs. This year he's batting .412 with six RBIs in four games, and Callaway has enjoyed watching outfielders react to his line drives.

''They all kind of just stand there like, `What's it going to do?''' Callaway said. ''The next thing you know, it's over everybody's head. It's really incredible. There's just true raw power there.''

Alonso said the postgame shower caught him by surprise.

''I didn't know that was a thing until they told me to hop in the shopping cart and just poured whatever they could on me,'' he said with a grin. ''My eyes were stinging like really bad. I kept my mouth closed the entire time.''

Was it worth it?

''One hundred percent,'' he said.

Lagares hit his first homer since Sept. 7, 2017. He missed most of last season due to a toe injury.

Starlin Castro hit a two-run homer for Miami, his first, and added an RBI single.

GOOD PITCHING

Mets starter Steven Matz allowed three runs, one earned, in 5 1/3 innings. Three relievers blanked Miami over the final 3 2/3 innings, and Jeurys Familia (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth.

The Marlins loaded the bases with none out in the ninth against closer Edwin Diaz, who struck out the next three batters.

BACK ON THE MOUND

Miami's Caleb Smith, making his first start since June 24, allowed two runs and struck out eight in five innings. His 2018 season was cut short by a strained left lat that required surgery.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Lagares appeared to avoid a significant injury when hit, and stayed in the game.

''It sounds like he's going to be OK,'' Callaway said.

Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes, sidelined until at least mid-July following surgery on both heels, was in the clubhouse before the game and was expected to take swings in the batting cage during the series.

UP NEXT

Miami RHP Jose Urena (0-1, 9.64), who had a rough outing in an opening day loss to the Rockies, makes his second start of the season Tuesday against LHP Jason Vargas (7-9, 5.77 in 2018).

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  • W: J. Familia (1-0)L: D. Steckenrider (0-1)
  • HR: NYM - J. Lagares (1), P. Alonso (1), MIA - S. Castro (1)
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M. Conforto RF31200011.353.389.353.7423.5
W. Ramos C40200003.462.500.5381.0382.0
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  • a-singled for Familia in the 9th
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M. Rojas SS41100010.308.357.462.8191.5
R. Herrera LF41000002.176.222.176.3991.0
B. Anderson 3B40100011.105.190.105.2960.5
S. Castro 2B31231100.263.300.421.72110.0
L. Brinson CF40100002.167.167.222.3891.0
M. Prado 1B40200000.385.385.385.7692.0
J. Alfaro C40200014.308.357.538.8961.5
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  • a-popped out for Smith in the 5th
  • b-flied out for Kinley in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Steckenrider in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Davis (2), J. McNeil (2)
  • HR - P. Alonso, J. Lagares
  • RBI - A. Rosario (2), P. Alonso 3 (6), J. McNeil (3), J. Lagares (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil 2 (2), J. Lagares, S. Matz 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - S. Castro
  • RBI - S. Castro 3 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Castro 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Walker, C. Granderson, J. Riddle 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Davis-Cano-Alonso; Rosario-Cano-Alonso)
  • E - J. Lagares, J. McNeil
  • PB - W. Ramos
FIELDING
  • DP - (Conley-Castro-Prado)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz5.16310311.691.139.5
T. Peterson1.21000000.000.502.0
J. Familia (W, 1-0)1.00000100.000.7510.5
E. Diaz1.02001300.001.291.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz5.1
T. Peterson1.2
J. Familia (W, 1-0)1.0
E. Diaz1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith5.04221803.601.0012.0
N. Anderson1.02000300.000.862.5
T. Kinley (BS, 1)1.01110213.381.132.0
A. Conley1.00001103.381.502.5
D. Steckenrider (L, 0-1)1.034402112.001.33-8.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith5.0
N. Anderson1.0
T. Kinley (BS, 1)1.0
A. Conley1.0
D. Steckenrider (L, 0-1)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 74-54, T. Peterson 15-11, J. Familia 17-10, E. Diaz 29-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 5-8, T. Peterson 2-2, J. Familia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 22, T. Peterson 5, J. Familia 3, E. Diaz 6
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Smith
  • HBP - A. Conley, D. Steckenrider
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 87-52, N. Anderson 20-14, T. Kinley 14-10, A. Conley 19-9, D. Steckenrider 26-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 2-5, A. Conley 1-0, D. Steckenrider 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 20, N. Anderson 5, T. Kinley 4, A. Conley 4, D. Steckenrider 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Davis 3B41100110.214.267.357.6243.5
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W. Ramos C40200003.462.500.5381.0382.0
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  • a-singled for Familia in the 9th
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R. Herrera LF41000002.176.222.176.3991.0
B. Anderson 3B40100011.105.190.105.2960.5
S. Castro 2B31231100.263.300.421.72110.0
L. Brinson CF40100002.167.167.222.3891.0
M. Prado 1B40200000.385.385.385.7692.0
J. Alfaro C40200014.308.357.538.8961.5
P. O'Brien RF40000026.000.000.000.000-1.0
C. Smith P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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  • a-popped out for Smith in the 5th
  • b-flied out for Kinley in the 7th
  • c-struck out for Steckenrider in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Davis (2), J. McNeil (2)
  • HR - P. Alonso, J. Lagares
  • RBI - A. Rosario (2), P. Alonso 3 (6), J. McNeil (3), J. Lagares (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil 2 (2), J. Lagares, S. Matz 2 (2)
BATTING
  • HR - S. Castro
  • RBI - S. Castro 3 (3)
  • 2-Out RBI - S. Castro 2 (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Walker, C. Granderson, J. Riddle 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Davis-Cano-Alonso; Rosario-Cano-Alonso)
  • E - J. Lagares, J. McNeil
  • PB - W. Ramos
FIELDING
  • DP - (Conley-Castro-Prado)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz5.16310311.691.139.5
T. Peterson1.21000000.000.502.0
J. Familia (W, 1-0)1.00000100.000.7510.5
E. Diaz1.02001300.001.291.5
Total9.0931171---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz5.1
T. Peterson1.2
J. Familia (W, 1-0)1.0
E. Diaz1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith5.04221803.601.0012.0
N. Anderson1.02000300.000.862.5
T. Kinley (BS, 1)1.01110213.381.132.0
A. Conley1.00001103.381.502.5
D. Steckenrider (L, 0-1)1.034402112.001.33-8.0
Total9.010772162---
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith5.0
N. Anderson1.0
T. Kinley (BS, 1)1.0
A. Conley1.0
D. Steckenrider (L, 0-1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 74-54, T. Peterson 15-11, J. Familia 17-10, E. Diaz 29-17
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 5-8, T. Peterson 2-2, J. Familia 1-1
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 22, T. Peterson 5, J. Familia 3, E. Diaz 6
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Smith
  • HBP - A. Conley, D. Steckenrider
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 87-52, N. Anderson 20-14, T. Kinley 14-10, A. Conley 19-9, D. Steckenrider 26-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 2-5, A. Conley 1-0, D. Steckenrider 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 20, N. Anderson 5, T. Kinley 4, A. Conley 4, D. Steckenrider 7
  • 9TH INNING
    Alonso homered to center, Lagares and Rosario scored73
    Rosario singled to right, Smith scored, Lagares to third43
  • 7TH INNING
    Lagares homered to right33
  • 6TH INNING
    Castro singled to left, Herrera scored, Anderson to third23
  • 4TH INNING
    Davis scored on wild pitch22
  • 2ND INNING
    McNeil doubled to deep right, Conforto scored, Ramos to third12
  • 1ST INNING
    Castro homered to left, Rojas scored02
  • 9TH INNING
    • Drew Steckenrider relieved Adam Conley
    • Dominic Smith hit for Jeurys Familia
    • D. Smith: Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith singled to left center
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Lagares hit by pitch, Smith to second
    • B. Nimmo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rosario singled to right, Smith scored, Lagares to third
    • P. Alonso: Alonso homered to center, Lagares and Rosario scored
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Cano struck out looking
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Edwin Diaz pitching
    • Keon Broxton in left field
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro walked
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Brinson singled to left, Castro to second
    • M. Prado: Foul, Prado singled to right, Castro to third, Brinson to second
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • P. O'Brien: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, O'Brien struck out swinging
    • JT Riddle hit for Drew Steckenrider
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Adam Conley pitching
    • R. Cano: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • J. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Davis walked
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto hit by pitch, Davis to second
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos grounded out to second, Conforto out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jeurys Familia relieved Tim Peterson
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rojas grounded out to third
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Herrera flied out to deep right
    • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Tyler Kinley relieved Nick Anderson
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Ball, Lagares homered to right
    • B. Nimmo: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nimmo struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Alonso popped out to first
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • T. Peterson Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Ball, Prado lined out to second
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Alfaro singled to right
    • P. O'Brien: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, O'Brien reached on fielder's choice to third, Alfaro out at second
    • Curtis Granderson hit for Tyler Kinley
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Granderson flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Nick Anderson pitching
    • R. Cano: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • J. Davis: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Conforto singled to deep right
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ramos singled to right center, Conforto to third
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to third, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, McNeil struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Rojas singled to right
    • R. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Herrera reached on fielder's choice to third, Rojas out at second
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Anderson singled to center, Herrera to third, Anderson to second on center fielder Lagares throwing error
    • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro singled to left, Herrera scored, Anderson to third
    • Brandon Nimmo in left field
    • Tim Peterson pitching
    • L. Brinson: Foul, Foul, Brinson grounded out to second, Castro out at second
    • End of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Ball, Matz flied out to center
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario flied out to left
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul on 3rd baseman McNeil dropped ball error, Prado singled to center
    • J. Alfaro: Alfaro flied out to deep center
    • P. O'Brien: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, O'Brien struck out looking
    • Neil Walker hit for Caleb Smith
    • N. Walker: Ball, Walker popped out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • J. Davis: Davis doubled to deep right center
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ramos grounded out to shortstop, Davis to third
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Davis scored on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, McNeil walked
    • J. Lagares: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lagares popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Anderson lined out to left
    • S. Castro: Castro lined out to right
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Brinson popped out to second
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Alonso flied out to deep center
    • R. Cano: Cano grounded bunt out to catcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • C. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Rojas grounded out to third
    • R. Herrera: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Herrera grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to center
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Conforto singled to left center
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramos singled to center, Conforto to second
    • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, McNeil doubled to deep right, Conforto scored, Ramos to third
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
    • S. Matz: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Matz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Prado grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Alfaro singled to center
    • P. O'Brien: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, O'Brien grounded out to second, Alfaro out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
    • P. Alonso: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
    • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Strike looking, Rojas struck out, reached on passed ball
    • R. Herrera: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Herrera lined out to shortstop
    • B. Anderson: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Anderson flied out to deep center
    • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Castro homered to left, Rojas scored
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike looking, Brinson flied out to deep right
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)