Alonso hits record 26th HR, Mets rout Cubs 10-2

CHICAGO (AP) Rookie slugger Pete Alonso said he began the season not thinking about hitting homers or setting milestones.

That's becoming more difficult with every prodigious swing.

Alonso hit his 26th homer to set the NL record for most homers before the All-Star Game as the New York Mets routed the Chicago Cubs 10-2 on Saturday.

He broke a tie with Los Angeles' Cody Bellinger (2017). He's still seven short of Mark McGwire's major league record 33 accomplished in 1987.

''I'm playing well, I'm really happy with myself, but I just need to keep plugging along and do the best I can every day,'' he said.

The 24-year-old went 2 for 4 with a walk and tied Darryl Strawberry (1983) for the Mets' rookie record for homers in a season. There are other marks within sight, including the team's record for homers in the season (41) and the rookie record of 52 by the Yankees' Aaron Judge.

Alonso said he only knew he was approaching Bellinger because of posts on social media.

''I guess when you hit a lot of homers, there's a lot of buzz about it,'' he said.

Todd Frazier and Wilson Ramos also homered for the Mets, who won consecutive road games for the first time in over two months.

Zack Wheeler (6-5) allowed one run on five hits in seven innings to bounce back after losing his previous two starts. The right-hander retired 15 straight batters from the second through the sixth.

Jeff McNeil went 2 for 4 with three RBI.

New York is 17-26 on the road this season and last won back-to-back away games on April 11 and 12 in Atlanta.

Jason Heyward went 3 for 4 as NL Central-leading Chicago dropped back-to-back home games for the first time in nearly a month.

Cubs starter Jose Quintana (4-7) was roughed up for nine runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. The left-hander allowed a career-high tying three homers despite a steady wind blowing in from right to left at Wrigley Field. He's lost six straight decisions.

Backup catcher Victor Caratini, who started at first, came in the ninth to make his fourth pitching appearance with Chicago. He tossed a 1-2-3 inning and provided a highlight with a running grab of a dribbler toward third and a jump throw to first to nail Ramos to end the inning.

''We just had a tough day,'' manager Joe Maddon said. ''They swung the bats really well and they threw a good pitcher. They beat us, they beat us soundly.''

New York scored in each of the first six innings. Alonso began the barrage with a solo blast in the first. McNeil made it 3-0 with two-run single in the second. Frazier's two-run homer in the third made it 5-0 and provided a comical moment.

After connecting on a 3-1 pitch, Frazier didn't think he hit it well enough to get through the wind. He tossed his bat in frustration and jogged toward first.

''I should have swung at the 3-0 and I said, `Gosh, darn it! I just missed it,''' Frazier said. ''I looked up and it went out. I'll take it. It was a bad acting job by me.''

McNeil added an RBI double in the fourth to make it 6-0. In the fifth, Michael Conforto had an RBI single and Ramos followed with a two-run shot to chase Quintana.

In the sixth, Frazier drove in a run with a two-out infield single against reliever Rowan Wick to make it 10-0.

GETTING CLOSE?

After throwing a scoreless inning on Friday for Triple-A Iowa, Craig Kimbrel was scheduled to pitch again Saturday night to go back-to-back for the first time since finalizing a three-year, $43 million deal with the Cubs on June 7.

If all goes well, Kimbrel's next outing could be in the majors.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: RHP Noah Syndergaard (right hamstring) threw a bullpen on Saturday and said he ''felt great.'' He is eligible to come off the 10-day injured list on Wednesday ... INF Jed Lawrie (left knee and hamstring) is doing some baseball activities, but it's unclear when he'll be ready for rehab games. ''It sounds like they're treating the left leg from the hip all the way down to the knee,'' Callaway said. ''It's improving. We just don't have a timeline.''

UP NEXT

Mets ace Jacob deGrom (4-6, 3.26 ERA) faces Cubs lefty Cole Hamels (6-2, 2.85) in the finale of the four-game series on Sunday. After taking a two-hitter into the ninth against the Braves on Tuesday, deGrom looks for back-to-back wins. Hamels allowed one run in seven innings for a no-decision Tuesday against the White Sox.

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NYM37-40
12213100010121
CHC41-35
000000101261
  • W: Z. Wheeler (6-5)L: J. Quintana (4-7)
  • HR: NYM - T. Frazier (8), W. Ramos (8), P. Alonso (26)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. McNeil 2B50230000.342.407.494.9016.0
P. Alonso 1B42211101.274.362.632.99310.0
C. Flexen P00000000.500.500.5001.0000.0
J. Davis LF32100000.276.342.464.8063.0
a- D. Smith PH-LF-1B10000101.323.425.521.9461.0
T. Frazier 3B41231101.262.354.446.80110.0
M. Conforto RF51110013.257.375.498.8732.5
W. Ramos C42121110.271.347.413.7608.5
A. Rosario SS42300000.256.297.418.7156.0
J. Lagares CF40000014.182.248.258.506-0.5
Z. Wheeler P20000022.303.324.455.778-1.0
b- C. Gomez PH-LF10000000.207.290.354.6440.0
  • a-walked for Davis in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Wheeler in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF30100110.231.324.470.7941.5
K. Bryant 3B-RF30100010.285.394.536.9300.5
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Rizzo PH-1B10000001.275.385.543.9290.0
J. Baez SS20000002.281.321.542.8630.0
D. Descalso 2B10000100.188.289.278.5671.0
W. Contreras C41100013.290.386.548.9341.5
J. Heyward RF-CF41300000.256.351.415.7665.0
A. Almora CF20000001.249.290.402.6920.0
R. Wick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Gonzalez RF10000111.207.294.293.5870.5
V. Caratini 1B-P40000015.273.368.424.793-0.5
J. Quintana P00000000.037.037.037.0740.0
D. Bote 3B20000101.266.346.479.8251.0
A. Russell 2B-SS40000023.229.290.396.686-1.0
  • a-flied out for Ryan in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. McNeil (19), P. Alonso (17), A. Rosario (14)
  • HR - P. Alonso (26), T. Frazier (8), W. Ramos (8)
  • SH - Z. Wheeler (2)
  • RBI - J. McNeil 3 (27), P. Alonso (60), T. Frazier 3 (28), M. Conforto (38), W. Ramos 2 (40)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. McNeil 3 (10), T. Frazier (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Alonso, D. Smith, M. Conforto 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Heyward (5)
  • SH - J. Quintana (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Contreras 3 (3), D. Bote, A. Russell 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Rosario-McNeil-Alonso; Rosario-Alonso)
  • E - J. McNeil (3)
  • PB - W. Ramos (9)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - K. Schwarber (3)
  • DP - (Descalso-Russell-Caratini)
  • E - V. Caratini (2)
  • PB - W. Contreras 2 (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler (W, 6-5)7.05111504.691.3026.5
C. Flexen2.01103206.752.163.0
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler (W, 6-5)7.0
C. Flexen2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (L, 4-7)4.19982234.501.40-11.0
R. Wick1.22101202.451.641.0
B. Brach1.01000106.141.842.5
K. Ryan1.00001003.671.302.0
V. Caratini1.00000009.001.503.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (L, 4-7)4.1
R. Wick1.2
B. Brach1.0
K. Ryan1.0
V. Caratini1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Flexen
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 94-62, C. Flexen 40-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 9-6, C. Flexen 1-3
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 26, C. Flexen 10
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 79-54, R. Wick 33-21, B. Brach 12-9, K. Ryan 14-8, V. Caratini 10-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 7-4, R. Wick 2-1, B. Brach 1-0, K. Ryan 3-0, V. Caratini 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 24, R. Wick 8, B. Brach 3, K. Ryan 4, V. Caratini 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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NYM37-40
12213100010121
CHC41-35
000000101261
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. McNeil 2B50230000.342.407.494.9016.0
P. Alonso 1B42211101.274.362.632.99310.0
C. Flexen P00000000.500.500.5001.0000.0
J. Davis LF32100000.276.342.464.8063.0
a- D. Smith PH-LF-1B10000101.323.425.521.9461.0
T. Frazier 3B41231101.262.354.446.80110.0
M. Conforto RF51110013.257.375.498.8732.5
W. Ramos C42121110.271.347.413.7608.5
A. Rosario SS42300000.256.297.418.7156.0
J. Lagares CF40000014.182.248.258.506-0.5
Z. Wheeler P20000022.303.324.455.778-1.0
b- C. Gomez PH-LF10000000.207.290.354.6440.0
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HITTERSAB
J. McNeil 2B5
P. Alonso 1B4
C. Flexen P0
J. Davis LF3
a- D. Smith PH-LF-1B1
T. Frazier 3B4
M. Conforto RF5
W. Ramos C4
A. Rosario SS4
J. Lagares CF4
Z. Wheeler P2
b- C. Gomez PH-LF1
Total37
  • a-walked for Davis in the 6th
  • b-grounded out for Wheeler in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Schwarber LF30100110.231.324.470.7941.5
K. Bryant 3B-RF30100010.285.394.536.9300.5
B. Brach P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
K. Ryan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- A. Rizzo PH-1B10000001.275.385.543.9290.0
J. Baez SS20000002.281.321.542.8630.0
D. Descalso 2B10000100.188.289.278.5671.0
W. Contreras C41100013.290.386.548.9341.5
J. Heyward RF-CF41300000.256.351.415.7665.0
A. Almora CF20000001.249.290.402.6920.0
R. Wick P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Gonzalez RF10000111.207.294.293.5870.5
V. Caratini 1B-P40000015.273.368.424.793-0.5
J. Quintana P00000000.037.037.037.0740.0
D. Bote 3B20000101.266.346.479.8251.0
A. Russell 2B-SS40000023.229.290.396.686-1.0
Total3126004717-----
  • a-flied out for Ryan in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. McNeil (19), P. Alonso (17), A. Rosario (14)
  • HR - P. Alonso (26), T. Frazier (8), W. Ramos (8)
  • SH - Z. Wheeler (2)
  • RBI - J. McNeil 3 (27), P. Alonso (60), T. Frazier 3 (28), M. Conforto (38), W. Ramos 2 (40)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. McNeil 3 (10), T. Frazier (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - P. Alonso, D. Smith, M. Conforto 3 (3)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Heyward (5)
  • SH - J. Quintana (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Contreras 3 (3), D. Bote, A. Russell 3 (3)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Rosario-McNeil-Alonso; Rosario-Alonso)
  • E - J. McNeil (3)
  • PB - W. Ramos (9)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - K. Schwarber (3)
  • DP - (Descalso-Russell-Caratini)
  • E - V. Caratini (2)
  • PB - W. Contreras 2 (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
Z. Wheeler (W, 6-5)7.05111504.691.3026.5
C. Flexen2.01103206.752.163.0
Total9.0621470---
PITCHERSIP
Z. Wheeler (W, 6-5)7.0
C. Flexen2.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Quintana (L, 4-7)4.19982234.501.40-11.0
R. Wick1.22101202.451.641.0
B. Brach1.01000106.141.842.5
K. Ryan1.00001003.671.302.0
V. Caratini1.00000009.001.503.0
Total9.012108453---
PITCHERSIP
J. Quintana (L, 4-7)4.1
R. Wick1.2
B. Brach1.0
K. Ryan1.0
V. Caratini1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Flexen
  • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Wheeler 94-62, C. Flexen 40-23
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Wheeler 9-6, C. Flexen 1-3
  • Batters Faced - Z. Wheeler 26, C. Flexen 10
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Quintana 79-54, R. Wick 33-21, B. Brach 12-9, K. Ryan 14-8, V. Caratini 10-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Quintana 7-4, R. Wick 2-1, B. Brach 1-0, K. Ryan 3-0, V. Caratini 2-1
  • Batters Faced - J. Quintana 24, R. Wick 8, B. Brach 3, K. Ryan 4, V. Caratini 3
  • 9TH INNING
    Heyward scored on wild pitch102
  • 7TH INNING
    Caratini grounded into double play shortstop to first, Contreras scored, Heyward to third, Gonzalez out at second101
  • 6TH INNING
    Frazier reached on an infield single to shortstop, Alonso scored, Smith to second100
  • 5TH INNING
    Ramos homered to left center, Conforto scored90
    Conforto singled to left center, Davis scored70
  • 4TH INNING
    McNeil doubled to left center, Rosario scored60
  • 3RD INNING
    Frazier homered to left center, Davis scored50
  • 2ND INNING
    McNeil singled to left, Ramos and Rosario scored, McNeil out at second30
  • 1ST INNING
    Alonso homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • V. Caratini Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Frazier lined out to left
    • M. Conforto: Conforto grounded out to first
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ramos grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Flexen Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Heyward doubled to right
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • V. Caratini: Caratini popped out to third
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Heyward to third on passed ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Heyward scored on wild pitch, Ball, Bote walked
    • A. Russell: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Kyle Ryan relieved Brad Brach
    • Carlos Gomez hit for Zack Wheeler
    • C. Gomez: Gomez grounded out to third
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, McNeil grounded out to second
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Alonso walked
    • D. Smith: Ball, Smith grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Chris Flexen pitching
    • A. Russell: Ball, Russell grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schwarber walked
    • Anthony Rizzo hit for Kyle Ryan
    • A. Rizzo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Rizzo flied out to deep left
    • D. Descalso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Descalso walked, Schwarber to second
    • W. Contreras: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Contreras flied out to right
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Brad Brach pitching
    • Carlos Gonzalez in right field
    • W. Ramos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramos struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Rosario singled to center
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lagares grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Rosario out at second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Foul, Ball, Contreras singled to left
    • J. Heyward: Foul, Ball, Heyward singled to right, Contreras to third
    • C. Gonzalez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez walked, Heyward to second
    • V. Caratini: Strike looking, Caratini grounded into double play shortstop to first, Contreras scored, Heyward to third, Gonzalez out at second
    • D. Bote: Bote lined out to second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Daniel Descalso at second base
    • Z. Wheeler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Wheeler struck out swinging
    • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, Foul, McNeil flied out to deep center
    • P. Alonso: Alonso doubled to deep right center
    • Dominic Smith hit for J.D. Davis
    • D. Smith: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alonso to third on passed ball, Foul, Ball, Smith walked
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier reached on an infield single to shortstop, Alonso scored, Smith to second
    • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Conforto struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Foul, Schwarber grounded out to third
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Ball, Bryant lined out to left
    • D. Descalso: Foul, Foul, Descalso flied out to left
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Davis safe at first on pitcher Caratini fielding error, Davis to second
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Frazier popped out to second
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Conforto singled to left center, Davis scored
    • W. Ramos: Foul, Ball, Ramos homered to left center, Conforto scored
    • Rowan Wick pitching
    • David Bote at third base
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Strike looking, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lagares grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • V. Caratini: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Caratini flied out to center
    • D. Bote: Strike looking, Ball, Bote grounded out to first
    • A. Russell: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Russell struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Rosario reached on an infield single to second
    • J. Lagares: Lagares flied out to deep center
    • Z. Wheeler: Wheeler hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Rosario to second
    • J. McNeil: Strike swinging, Ball, McNeil doubled to left center, Rosario scored
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Alonso grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • W. Contreras: Contreras grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Heyward: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Heyward grounded out to second
    • A. Almora: Foul, Foul, Almora flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Alonso grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Davis: Davis singled to left
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Frazier homered to left center, Davis scored
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Foul, Conforto grounded out to shortstop
    • W. Ramos: Ramos lined out to center
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Schwarber struck out bunting foul
    • K. Bryant: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Bryant struck out swinging
    • J. Baez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Baez grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramos walked
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario doubled to left center, Ramos to third
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lagares struck out swinging
    • Z. Wheeler: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Wheeler struck out swinging
    • J. McNeil: Foul, McNeil singled to left, Ramos and Rosario scored, McNeil out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • J. Heyward: Heyward singled to right
    • A. Almora: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Almora reached on fielder's choice to second, Heyward to second on 2nd baseman McNeil fielding error
    • V. Caratini: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Caratini struck out on foul tip
    • J. Quintana: Quintana hit sacrifice bunt to first, Heyward to third, Almora to second
    • A. Russell: Ball, Russell flied out to deep center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Quintana Pitching:
    • J. McNeil: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, McNeil popped out to catcher
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alonso homered to center
    • J. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davis grounded out to second
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier walked
    • M. Conforto: Strike swinging, Frazier to second on passed ball, Conforto grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Z. Wheeler Pitching:
    • K. Schwarber: Ball, Schwarber singled to right
    • K. Bryant: Bryant singled to right, Schwarber to second
    • J. Baez: Ball, Ball, Baez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Schwarber to third, Bryant out at second
    • W. Contreras: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Contreras struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)