Belt hits tiebreaking homer in 7th, Blue Jays sweep Mets 6-4
Toronto Blue Jays' Brandon Belt, center, celebrates with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) after hitting a two-run home run off New York Mets relief pitcher Dominic Leone to take the lead in the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 4, 2023, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Larry Fleisher, The Associated Press
Published Sunday, June 4, 2023 5:26PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Belt broke a seventh-inning tie with a two-run homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Mets 6-4 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also went deep for the Blue Jays, who blew a four-run lead but quickly recovered. Toronto has won four straight and six of seven.
Tommy Pham hit two of New York's four solo homers. Pete Alonso and Starling Marte also connected for the Mets (30-30), who completed a 3-3 homestand that started with a three-game sweep of Philadelphia.
Nate Pearson (3-0) gave up Alonso’s major league-leading 21st homer and Marte’s tying drive in the sixth before Toronto regained the lead against Dominic Leone (0-2). Alonso's 72nd homer at Citi Field made him the career leader at the ballpark.
Guerrero, who homered in the third off Kodai Senga, ripped a single to center field in the seventh. Belt followed by hitting a slider off the protective wall surrounding the home run apple in center.
It was Belt’s third homer and first since May 10 at Philadelphia. It also was his second in New York this season — the veteran first baseman went deep April 21 at Yankee Stadium.
After getting the go-ahead hit in the ninth inning Saturday against David Robertson when the Mets chose not to walk him, Guerrero homered for the first time since hitting a grand slam in the ninth at Tampa Bay on May 23.
Whit Merrifield hit a two-run double off an ineffective Senga. Matt Chapman doubled and scored on a two-base throwing error by New York rookie catcher Francisco Álvarez.
Pham homered in consecutive at-bats off starter Yusei Kikuchi, who allowed two runs and four hits in five innings.
Jordan Romano tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his 15th save in 18 opportunities.
Pitching on four days’ rest for the first time in the majors, Senga gave up four runs — three earned — and four hits in a career-low 2 2/3 innings.
The Mets totaled just five runs in the series and fell back to .500 for the 11th time. New York also lost for the seventh time in 12 games since winning five straight May 17-22.
Toronto had first and second with one out in the second when Merrifield lined a double to the warning track in center to easily score Chapman and Daulton Varsho for a 2-0 lead.
With one out in the third, Guerrero drove a first-pitch fastball into the left-field seats for his ninth homer.
INF Santiago Espinal (right hamstring) went 1 for 3 in his fourth rehab game with Class A Dunedin.
C Omar Narváez (strained left calf) played consecutive rehab games for Triple-A Syracuse and could be activated Tuesday when first eligible.
LHP José Quintana (fractured left rib) will throw batting practice Monday at the team's complex in Florida.
RHP Alek Manoah (1-6, 5.46 ERA) opposes Astros RHP Brandon Bielak (2-2, 3.19) in the opener of a four-game series Monday in Houston.
RHP Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 5.74 ERA) faces Braves RHP Bryce Elder (3-0, 1.92) in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday in Atlanta.