NEW YORK — Max Scherzer didn’t allow a hit until the sixth inning of a game that marked his long-awaited home debut, and the New York Mets beat the San Francisco Giants 3-1 Tuesday night, swept in a doubleheader.
The Mets leaned on their $130 million ace to win Game 2. In the first, the hero was Francisco Lindor.
The Puerto Rican ended the game with an RBI single in the 10th inning as the Mets won 5-4, after a crucial stretch by Pete Alonso in the top of that inning.
Scherzer (3-0) didn’t need as much help. He combined with two relievers to throw two-hit ball.
A three-time Cy Young Award winner, Scherzer shone through 5 2/3 innings before his speed and control faltered.
He walked Mike Yastrzemski and Brandon Belt back-to-back before Darin Ruf singled him, San Francisco’s first hit.
The 37-year-old starter, affected at the end of the preseason by an inflammation in his right hamstring, finished the sixth inning and resolved the seventh in three men. He prescribed 10 strikeouts in his 102-pitch spree, a season high.
Drew Smith allowed the Giants’ other hit, in the eighth, and Trevor May pitched the ninth for his first save after closer Edwin Diaz pitched in the opening game of the doubleheader.
Scherzer was good enough to get past Giants ace Logan Webb (1-1), who looked oddly wild and allowed three runs in 3 2/3 innings.
The Mets came out on top in the first game. thanks to Lindor hitting his hit to center field off Jarlín García (1-1) driving in Brandon Nimmo, who started the inning as an automatic runner, grounded out and scored from third.
In the night game, for the Giants, the Venezuelan Estrada 3-0.
For the Mets, the Puerto Ricans Lindor 4-2 with a run scored, Nido 3-0. Venezuelans Escobar 4-2 with one scored and two produced, Luis Guillorme 2-1. The Dominican Marte 4-0.
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