Lindor scores 3 more, Mets thump Reds for 6th straight win

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NEW YORK — Francisco Lindor scored three runs, tying a franchise record by crossing the plate in 13 consecutive games, and the New York Mets breezed to their sixth straight win, 10-2 over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

Lindor finished 2 for 3 with a walk and a two-run single in the second inning that increased his RBI total to 82, matching Jose Reyes in 2006 for the most by a Mets shortstop.

“I’ve got to soak that in, that’s pretty cool,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “The team’s been around a long time. When you start saying that, that gets your attention.”

Lindor reached the mark in his 111th game, 42 fewer than Reyes played in 2006.

“Whenever you can do something cool, it’s a blessing,” Lindor said. “Being next to Reyes, someone I grew up watching, it’s great. But I’m here to try to win a World Series. That’s all I have in mind.”

Lindor walked and scored the Mets’ second run in the first. His single in the second made it 4-0. His run-scoring streak is the longest in the majors this season and matched David Wright (July 2008) for the longest in Mets history.

Trade-deadline addition Daniel Vogelbach drove in three runs, fellow July acquisition Tyler Naquin homered and Pete Alonso had three hits for the NL East-leading Mets.

“The guys that came in are helping us win ballgames,” Lindor said. “The front office did an amazing job of bringing the right group of guys that are going to fit in (and) are going to help us win.”

Taijuan Walker (10-3) pitched six solid innings to reach double-digit wins for the first time since he went 11-8 for Seattle in 2015. Walker allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

New York has the second-best record in the majors (73-39) and outscored Cincinnati 21-5 in the three-game sweep. The Mets have not trailed during their six-game run, winning every game by three runs or more.

“Our guys haven’t gotten out of sync for very long,” Showalter said. “I’ve said many times it’s about stretching out the good times and shortening up the bad ones. It’s going to happen. They’ve done a good job of not getting into that snowball mode.”

T.J. Zeuch (0-1) lost his Reds debut, allowing six runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts in four innings. Zeuch, who grew up about half an hour from Cincinnati, is the 57th player to appear in a game for the Reds this season, tying the team record set in 2003. He appeared in 13 games for Toronto from 2019-21.

“Getting back in the big leagues and pitching in the big leagues again is obviously great,” Zeuch said. “But I wish, obviously, I would have given the team a better chance to win out there.”

Joey Votto had an RBI double for Cincinnati in the fourth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jake Fraley.

“We really ran into a good team – a really hot team as well,” manager David Bell said after the Reds lost a series for the first time since the All-Star Break.


With the Reds set to face the Chicago Cubs in Thursday’s “Field of Dreams” game in Dyersville, Iowa, manager David Bell rewatched the 1989 movie the field was built for. He said his favorite part was the sparseness of the game between the ghostly legends.

“It’s kind of like the modern-day version of it where it’s just about the game,” Bell said. “That’s kind of the goal as a player, to go out there and imagine that it’s just you and the ball and your teammates and kind of trying to win a baseball game and there’s nothing going on around you. I wonder if it’ll feel like that a little bit.”


The Mets held their first Women’s Day at Citi Field. The club honored Shannon Dalton Forde, who was a public-relations executive with the team from 1994 until her death from breast cancer in 2016, with a pregame video tribute.

Mets players walked to the plate to songs by female artists, including Alanis Morrissette’s “You Oughta Know” for Mark Canha, the Spice Girls’ “Wannabe” for James McCann, Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like A Woman!” for Brandon Nimmo and Kelis’ “Milkshake” for Vogelbach.


Reds: RHP Art Warren (forearm) tossed a scoreless inning Tuesday for Single-A Dayton. Bell said Warren would likely get at least one more outing in the minors before being activated. … RHP Jeff Hoffman (forearm) was expected to begin throwing Wednesday or Thursday. … RHP Robert Dugger (right shoulder) remains shut down from throwing.

Mets: RF Starling Marte got the day off after starting each of the first 17 games following the All-Star Break.


Reds: LHP Nick Lodolo (3-3, 4.40 ERA) is slated to start against the Cubs in Iowa.

Mets: RHP Max Scherzer (8-2, 1.98) will start the opener of a three-game series against visiting Philadelphia on Friday.

Yankees star Judge hits 61st home run, ties Maris’ AL record

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TORONTO — Aaron Judge tied Roger Maris’ American League record of 61 home runs in a season, hitting a tiebreaking, two-run drive for the New York Yankees in the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

The 30-year-old slugger drove a 94.5 mph belt-high sinker with a full-count from left-hander Tim Mayza over the left-field fence at Rogers Centre. The 117.4 mph drive took just 3.8 seconds to land 394 feet from the plate, and it put the Yankees ahead 5-3.

Judge watched the ball clank off the front of the stands, just below two fans who reached over a railing and tried for a catch. He pumped an arm just before reaching first and exchanged a slap with coach Travis Chapman.

The ball dropped into Toronto’s bullpen and was picked up by Blue Jays bullpen coach Matt Buschmann, who turned it over to the Yankees.

Judge’s mother and Roger Maris Jr. rose and hugged from front-row seats. He appeared to point toward them after rounding second base, then was congratulated by the entire Yankees team, who gave him hugs after he crossed the plate.

Judge moved past the 60 home runs Babe Ruth hit in 1927, which had stood as the major league mark until Maris broke it in 1961. All three stars reached those huge numbers playing for the Yankees.

Barry Bonds holds the big league record of 73 for the San Francisco Giants in 2001.

Judge had gone seven games without a home run – his longest drought this season was nine in mid-August. This was the Yankees’ 155th game of the season, leaving them seven more in the regular season.

The home run came in the fourth plate appearance of the night for Judge, ending a streak of 34 plate appearances without a home run.

Judge is hitting .313 with 130 RBIs, also the top totals in the AL. He has a chance to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.

Maris hit No. 61 for the Yankees on Oct. 1, 1961, against Boston Red Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard.

Maris’ mark has been exceeded six times, but all have been tainted by the stench of steroids. Mark McGwire hit 70 home runs for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1998 and 65 the following year, and Bonds topped him. Sammy Sosa had 66, 65 and 63 during a four-season span starting in 1998.

McGwire admitted using banned steroids, while Bonds and Sosa denied knowingly using performing-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball started testing with penalties for PEDs in 2004, and some fans – perhaps many – until now have considered Maris the holder of the “clean” record.

Among the tallest batters in major league history, the 6-foot-7 Judge burst on the scene on Aug. 13, 2016, homering off the railing above Yankee Stadium’s center-field sports bar and into the netting above Monument Park. He followed Tyler Austin to the plate and they become the first teammates to homer in their first major league at-bats in the same game.

Judge hit 52 homers with 114 RBIs the following year and was a unanimous winner of the AL Rookie of the Year award. Injuries limited him during the following three seasons, and he rebounded to hit 39 homers with 98 RBIs in 2021.

As he approached his last season before free agent eligibility, Judge on opening day turned down the Yankees’ offer of an eight-year contract worth from $230.5 million to $234.5 million. The proposal included an average of $30.5 million annually from 2023-29, with his salary this year to be either the $17 million offered by the team in arbitration or the $21 million requested by the player.

An agreement was reached in June on a $19 million, one-year deal, and Judge heads into this offseason likely to get a contract from the Yankees or another team for $300 million or more, perhaps topping $400 million.

Judge hit six homers in April, 12 in May and 11 in June. He earned his fourth All-Star selection and entered the break with 33 homers. He had 13 homers in July and dropped to nine in August, when injuries left him less protected in the batting order and pitchers walked him 25 times.

He became just the fifth player to hold a share of the AL season record. Nap Lajoie hit 14 in the AL’s first season as a major league in 1901, and Philadelphia Athletics teammate Socks Seabold had 16 the next year, a mark that stood until Babe Ruth hit 29 in 1919. Ruth set the record four times in all, with 54 in 1920, 59 in 1921 and 60 in 1927, a mark that stood until Maris’ 61 in 1961.

Maris was at 35 in July 1961 during the first season each team’s schedule increased from 154 games to 162, and baseball Commissioner Ford Frick ruled if anyone topped Ruth in more than 154 games “there would have to be some distinctive mark in the record books to show that Babe Ruth’s record was set under a 154-game schedule.”

That “distinctive mark” became known as an “asterisk” and it remained until Sept. 4, 1991, when a committee on statistical accuracy chaired by Commissioner Fay Vincent voted unanimously to recognize Maris as the record holder.