NEW YORK — On a particularly significant Roberto Clemente Day for both of them, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco led the New York Mets to a 7-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday to stretch their slim lead in the top of the National East.
Lindor, a Puerto Rican like Clemente, hit his 24th home run of the season to set the most ever by a Mets shortstop. Carrasco (15-6) struck out 11 over six splendid innings as New York moved a game ahead of rested Atlanta.
Daniel Vogelbach, a designated hitter in a slump, drove in three runs against his former team, while Mark Vientos had an RBI single, his first hit in the majors.
The Mets snapped a five-game home losing streak.
Michael Chavis hit an RBI double in the second for the bottom Pirates. JT Brubaker (3-12) allowed five runs and seven hits in three innings before leaving with a sore right lateral muscle.
Carrasco threw a few pitches in the outfield to relax his arm as a dozen other winners of the Roberto Clemente Award for Community Service were introduced before the game.
Major League Baseball commemorated the 21st Day of Roberto Clemente, the Pirates baseball player, member of the Hall of Fame, who perished in a plane crash in 1972 at the age of 38, when he was bringing humanitarian aid to the victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua, on New Year’s Eve.
Carrasco, a leukemia survivor, won the award in 2019 while in Cleveland.
For the Pirates, the Dominicans Oneil Cruz 4-0, Rodolfo Castro 4-0. The Venezuelan Diego Castillo 1-0.
For the Mets, Puerto Rican Lindor 5-1 with a run scored and two RBIs. The Venezuelans Luis Guillorme 3-1, Eduardo Escobar 4-0.
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Lindor hits HR and Mets triumph on Clemente’s Day