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Mets’ Francisco Lindor hears MVP chants after big doubleheader

A restless Francisco Lindor didn’t record his ninth RBI until May 21 a year ago, in his 38th appearance of a trying first season with the Mets.

The $341 million shortstop has already hit that number with two more productive games on Tuesday in the Mets’ double sweep against the Giants at Citi Field.

After scoring the tying and game-winning hits in a 5-4 10-inning Game 1 win, Lindor hit a single and a double in a 3-1 nightcap win to help the first-place Mets improve their record to 9-3.

Blue-haired Lindor was booed when he crashed at the start of the season last year, but even heard MVP chants from the home crowd in Game 2 after he was mobbed on the pitch by his teammates at the end of game 1.

“Pretty cool, it feels good, every time you’re in the position where everyone is running towards you, it’s special. It feels good to turn around and see everyone coming,” said Lindor, who finished the day 4-for-9 with two RBIs, two doubles, two runs scored and a stolen base “I’m in a good place right now. I’m just focused on winning and doing whatever it takes.” it takes to win.

Pete Alonso hugs Francisco Lindor after Lindor’s winning RBI single gave the Mets a Game 1 win in their doubles sweep.

Before his game-winning shot, Lindor nearly put the Mets into a 10th-inning deficit with a wide pitch that initially appeared to knock first baseman Pete Alonso out of the sack. Buck Showalter challenged the play, however, and a video review determined Alonso kept his foot in place to save the third out of the inning.

Lindor’s single off Jarlin Garcia to score auto-runner Brandon Nimmo in the 10th inning of Game 1 marked his first hit in two seasons with the Mets and his first since 2018 with Cleveland. He also tied the game, 4-4, with a right-hand brace from Dominic Leone in the Mets’ fifth three-pointer.

“He’s in a good position, I say that,” Showalter said of Lindor, who reached base safely in all 12 games this season. “Maybe he was well placed last year too, when they broke camp. But I can just say he likes the group around him. … This club was in first place last year for a while, so it wasn’t like nothing good happened last year.

“You know how many ways he contributed tonight, both ways? He contributes to many facets of the game. He’s fun to watch.