NEW YORK — Francisco Lindor ended the game with a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning as the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Tuesday after a crucial jumper by Pete Alonso in the top half. of that inning.
The Giants emerged victorious in the first meeting of a doubleheader. Lindor hit his hit to center field off Jarlin Garcia (1-1), driving in Brandon Nimmo, who started the inning as an automatic runner, grounded out and scored from third.
Lindor was surrounded by his teammates in the box and Alonso tried to rip a piece of his uniform off.
Alonso deserved the souvenir. Half an inning earlier, Lindor caught a grounder from Thairo Estrada and threw the ball to first baseman Alonso, who had apparently gone off the bag to catch it. So Brandon Belt seemed to score from third with two outs.
Replay showed Alonso barely touching base with his right foot. The player jumped for joy when the frozen image was projected on the screen and the umpires called the safe.
All these circumstances allowed Adam Ottavino (1-0) to win.
Nimmo started the 10th inning as the Mets’ automatic runner after a top-of-the-inning substitution. The umpires allowed the change amid protests from Giants manager Gabe Kapler.
Had the substitution not been allowed, New York would have had to keep backup catcher Tomas Nido at second.
For the Giants, Venezuelans Wilmer Flores 4-0, Thairo Estrada 5-2 with a run scored.
For the Mets, the Dominicans Starling Marte 4-1 with a run scored, Robinson Canó 3-0. Puerto Rican Lindor 5-2 with two RBIs. The Venezuelan Eduardo Escobar 3-1.
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Lindor was the Mets’ hero in Game 1