NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Lindor homered after being surprised by his mom’s first visit to see him at Citi Field, Pete Alonso slugged a grand slam during an eventful sixth inning and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 10-4 Friday night.
Lindor’s wife, Katia, surprised her husband by flying in his mother, Maria Serrano, for her first visit to New York since Lindor was acquired from Cleveland in January 2021. Lindor said his mother’s travel has been limited since she suffered an aneurysm that led to a stroke in 2020.
“My wife was very emotional, telling me she was going to give me one of the great Father’s Day gifts,” Lindor said. “She’s the best. She surprised me (and) my whole family.”
The visit in the press conference room a little more than an hour before first pitch provided a lift to Lindor, who has been battling a sore right middle finger — he accidentally caught it in a hotel room door in Los Angeles on June 2 — and entered Friday hitting .173 this month.
“It gave me that extra energy that I needed,” Lindor said.
Lindor yelled as he rounded the bases during his three-run homer in the first inning off Pablo López (4-3) before pointing to his family in the suites after he crossed home plate.
“Those are moments — I got emotional when he hit his home run, I could tell he was too, to see her son do that tonight,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said.
Lindor robbed Willians Astudillo and Jazz Chisholm Jr. of hits in the second and third innings.
The Puerto Rican star was later hit by two pitches — including one with the bases loaded. The oft-plunked Mets were stuck four times, pushing their major league-leading total to 49.
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