NEW YORK (AP) — Starling Marte and Nick Plummer each homered and finished with four RBIs as the New York Mets rode an early offensive outburst to a 13-5 rout of the Washington Nationals on Monday night.
The top three batters in the Mets’ order — Luis Guillorme, Marte and Francisco Lindor — combined to reach base in their first nine plate appearances, all of which occurred in the first three innings against Nationals starter Erick Fedde and reliever Andres Machado.
New York trailed 3-0 after a half-inning but led 12-4 after the fourth.
“It’s fun, because you get to score a couple of runs quick, especially after they got up 3-0,” Lindor said as he snapped his fingers. “You go back, boom, you immediately score two, it’s like, all right, down by one. It’s 1-0.”
Lindor had RBI singles in the first and third. He has at least one RBI in each of the last eight games, the longest streak by a Mets player since Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado both had eight-game RBI streaks in June 2006.
Plummer’s RBI double delivered the first run of a four-run second, when Guillorme had a run-scoring single and Marte hit his two-run homer. Marte added a two-run single in the third. The right fielder is hitting .347 with three homers and 14 RBIs this month after batting .224 with two homers and 15 RBIs in April.
“He’s been a little more selective,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “He’s a strong young man. I don’t think he ever goes up there trying to hit a home run. I just think he reacts. I think he’s really trusting himself and letting the ball travel.”
Plummer, whose first career hit was a tying homer in the ninth inning of Sunday night’s 5-4, 10-inning win over Philadelphia, had fans chanting his name throughout Monday’s game, when he…