Pete Alonso on Mets' current hot streak: 'It’s going to be a fun fight to the finish'

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Pete Alonso one-handed swing road uniform Nats
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It's no secret that the month of August was rough for the Mets, as they fell out of first place amid a 2-12 14-game span and had long stretches where coming up with a clutch hit seemed almost impossible.

But after Friday night's 6-2 win over the Washington Nationals, a game that included a four-run top of the tenth inning where Pete Alonso, Kevin Pillar, and Jonathan Villar all had big hits, the Mets have now won six games in a row (though the winning streak is technically only five games because of the suspended game against the Marlins).

The Mets appear to be finding their way, just as Alonso knew would happen even when the team was struggling.

"It’s awesome to rip off six in a row and especially against teams in the division, so we’re just really happy with how we’ve performed and we’re really looking forward to the rest of the season," said Alonso.

"I think that we’ve played really good baseball all year," he added. "And I feel like right now we’ve got everyone together, we’re playing really well together, we’re gelling well together, and right now it’s just been really enjoyable, because there’s ebbs and flows in a season like I’ve said before. And right now we’re just looking to finish strong, because we’ve always believed in each other, and I believe in every single of of those guys in that clubhouse. And I’ve always said that.

"It’s going to be a fun fight to the finish. This is a really tough division, but if there’s any group that can do it, it’s going to be us."

Villar was a catalyst for the Mets offense out of the leadoff spot, going 4-for-6 with his 10th inning RBI. Like Alonso, he's seen this clubhouse stick together.

"I think the most important part of how well we’ve been playing is just how together and how united we’ve been, just to continue going out there and continue battling so we can get the results that we want has been really the most important part," Villar said.

With Atlanta's loss to Colorado on Friday, the Mets are now back within four games of first place with 28 games to play. And as distant as the playoffs looked at points during the second half, the postseason is still within reach.

"We’re playing really good baseball right now. … Guys are playing really good baseball overall," said Luis Rojas. "On the bases being aggressive, we are going to run into some outs sometimes but we’re going to create some things. The guys are starting to swing the bat a little better, so everything is coming along and it’s a good thing coming into September.

"With our final goal that we’re trying to achieve, it’s just good to see but still we’re going to stick to the daily approach. We have two games tomorrow. Game 1 is our most important game right now."