Lindor leads Mets’ power game in 7-3 win over Morton, Braves

by | Jul 13, 2022 | Sports

ATLANTA — The New York Mets won two of three in their NL East showdown with the Atlanta Braves despite playing without two of their four All-Stars.It helped that Francisco Lindor played like he should be included at the Midsummer Classic.Lindor led New York’s power game with a three-run homer, Chris Bassitt threw six strong innings and the Mets beat the Atlanta Braves 7-3 on Wednesday.The first-place Mets stretched their lead over the Braves to 2 1/2 games.Lindor had five hits in the set. He has 64 RBIs and already has topped his 2021 total of 63.“Selfishly, I’d like to see him get four days off because he plays almost everyday, but you could make a real good case for him going to the All-Star Game, too,” said Mets manager Buck Showalter before adding he “hasn’t heard a whimper” from Lindor on the subject.The Mets were without All-Star second baseman Jeff McNeil (paternity list) and outfielder Starling Marte (groin tightness) in the series.Lindor refused to place too much importance on winning a series against the defending World Series champion Braves, the four-time reigning division champions, at this point of the season.“They are a good team,” Lindor said. “Beating them in July is just beating them in July.”Lindor said beating Atlanta in the postseason “is when it counts.”Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha also homered for the Mets.Eddie Rosario had three hits, including one of Atlanta’s three homers — all solo …

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