Alonso’s grandmother helps Mets improve to 3-0 for first time since 2012 | 570 WSYR

Pete Alonso twirled his bat as his first career grand slam broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning, then put his index finger to his mouth as if to silence the crowd after celebrating with his teammates near the plate, propelling the New York Mets to a 5-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

Chris Bassitt went six innings in his Mets debut, and New York won its third straight to open Buck Showalter’s tenure as manager. The Mets outscored Washington 17-4 and are heading into a series sweep on Sunday.

The Mets had seven total hits, with the bulk of those coming from the bottom of the command. The hearts of the order – Marte, Lindor, Alonso – went a combined 2 for 12, with Lindor getting a double and walking twice in the day.

About 48 hours after having his lower lip bloodied by a pitch — part of a streak the Mets have been downed in the first three games of the season, leading to a bench clearance hiatus on Friday — Alonso sent a fastball Joan Adon’s 91 mph (0-1) over the fence on the left on a 2-1 count.

New York loaded the bases with a single and a pair of walks against Adon, whose first major league appearance came on the last day of the 2021 regular season. That brought Alonso, who hit 53 home runs in 2019 in as the NL Rookie of the Year, and a group of Mets fans near the visiting dugout sang a chorus of his full name.

He knocked a fly ball off the face in the ninth inning on opening day, after teammate James McCann had been hit twice earlier. Then Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor was beaten in Game 2, precipitating an on-court showdown between the two clubs and two ejections. A fifth hit per pitch came in the third inning on Saturday, when Starling Marte was hit by Adon’s looping curveball – but this time Showalter stayed in his dugout, watching him with his arms crossed.

A day after former Nationals starter Max Scherzer earned his first start for New York, Bassitt — also an All-Star right-hander — did the same.

Bassitt (1-0), who arrived from the Oakland Athletics in a trade last month, gave up just three singles — only one of which went infield — in six innings. He struck out eight and walked one.

“I don’t care who you are, I’m coming after you. I know he’s probably the best hitter in the world, but I don’t care.” Bassit said

Lindor was back in the line-up after completing court drills hours before the game started.

“There are two parts: he’s physically ready to go and he wants to go,” Showalter said.

Lindor has not yet been seen by a dentist but thinks he might have a cracked tooth.

“I tried to eat and it hurt a lot. Hopefully when I get to New York I’ll take care of it. It hurts like I have a cavity,” Lindor said, then added with a smile: “I hope the Mets have good insurance.

He went 1 for 3 with a double and two walks; in the field, he was charged with an error when he dropped a pitch while covering second base.

The Mets await Sunday’s four-game sweep at 1:35 from Nationals Park. Carlos Carrasco begins his first tenure of the season against Erick Fedde.

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