Mets takeaways from 9-4 win over Nationals, including Javy Baez's long ball

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Javier Baez watches his home run vs. Nationals
Javier Baez watches his home run vs. Nationals

The Mets used their momentum from Saturday night's thrilling win to defeat the Nationals on Sunday afternoon, 9-4, at Citi Field.

Here are the Takeaways

1) It's not everyday you see a balk happen in a Major League Baseball game, let alone one that produces a run. But Erick Fedde balked home Francisco Lindor in the bottom of the first to allow the first run of the day. And it was all Lindor, coaxing a balk by fake stealing home. Veteran move from a veteran player.

2) Javier Baez hit a monster two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the fourth inning after Josh Bell did the same thing for the Nats in the top half of the frame. It gave the Mets the lead, 3-2, and Baez made sure to watch all 444 feet land in the second deck.

3) Pete Alonso had himself a day at the dish, going 3-for-4 including an RBI single to give the Mets some insurance in the bottom of the fifth, 4-2. He's looked more locked in at the dish recently and that's only a good sign for New York as the team looks to make a miracle push in September.

4) Speaking of Bell, he bashed two homers in this one, his second coming off Jeurys Familia in the top of the eighth. Juan Soto, the Met killer, also hit one in the top of the sixth to make it a 4-3 game at the time.

5) Tylor Megill had his fastball and other pitches working this time around after getting roughed up by the Giants last time out. He went five innings, allowing two earned on just the one hit to Bell. He did, however, walk three and struck out five. Much better this time around.

6) A little more pinch-hit magic came in this one. Dominic Smith was the man off the bench that hit a two-out RBI single to give the Mets their fifth run of the day in the bottom of the sixth. Then, Jonathan Villar broke it open -- a two-run shot to left center field to make it 7-3. Villar had a 3-for-5 day at the dish with three runs scored.

7) Lindor came up clutch in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach. With bases loaded and one man away, he hit a missile to left to score two runs, making it 9-4. It was his only hit of the day, but it was a big one.

Highlights

What's Next

The Mets pick up where they left off earlier in the season with a rainout against the Miami Marlins on Monday.