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Max Scherzer flirts with no-hitter as Mets sweep Giants

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Citi Field has seen a lot of Max Scherzer, but for the first time on Tuesday night he took the mound there as the Met. The right-hander was quick to draw the crowd of 27,490 spectators on each of his throws.

Scherzer flirted with throwing a no-hitter, recording two outs in the sixth inning before giving up his first and only hit of the game, but struck out 10 in seven innings to lead the Mets to a 3- 1 against the Giants on a cold night in Queens.

He completed a doubles sweep after Francisco Lindor got his first start as the Met in Game 1, giving Buck Showalter’s club a strong start in a four-game series against defending champions NL West.

Scherzer, who has already thrown two hits in his storied career, lost his bid for a third on his 92nd pitch of the night Tuesday. As the crowd fired with every strike, Darin Ruf chained a 1-1 change to left field for a single, and since Scherzer had already walked two in the inning, he drove a run to cut the Mets lead. at 3-1.

Max Scherzer delivers a pitch during a game against the Giants.
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But that was the only blemish on Scherzer’s home debut as he improved to 3-0 and lowered his ERA to 2.50. The only other base runner he allowed Tuesday was a walk to No. 9 hitter Curt Casali with two out in the third inning.

High strikeout and walk totals weighed on Scherzer’s pitch count, but Ruf’s hit in the sixth took a tough call out of Showalter’s hands. The Mets co-ace had thrown 96 pitches in his last start.

Lindor, meanwhile, picked up where he left off in Game 1. After winning a single in the first inning, he doubled in the third to spark a three-run rally that included a two-run double by Eduardo Escobar and a simple RBI by Dominic Smith. . Building a 3-0 lead, the Mets forced Giants right-hander Logan Webb out of the game in the fourth inning.

Max Scherzer flirts with no-hitter as Mets sweep Giants
Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor celebrates his single without a date.
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In the twin bill’s opener, Lindor pulled off a fifth-inning three-run rally with an RBI brace that tied the game at four. Then in the bottom of the 10th, he lined up a single to center field against Giants left-handed reliever Jarlin Garcia, scoring auto-runner Brandon Nimmo from third base for the first-round victory.

“[Lindor] seems to be [dialing] what we need every time,” Showalter said between games.

Lindor added drama to the game in the top of the 10th inning. With runners in the corners and two outs, Adam Ottavino appeared to induce the third out with a sharp ground ball to shortstop. But Lindor’s off-target throw forced first baseman Pete Alonso into a big stretch, which umpire Sean Barber said removed Alonso’s foot from the bag, seemingly giving the Giants (7-3 ) advances by one point.

But Showalter disputed the call – at first thinking he had nothing to lose before replay analyst Harrison Friedland told him they had a case – and it was eventually overruled for the third out. , the Mets second win in replay of the game.