Alonso homers, drives in 4 as Mets hold off Phillies 8-6

NEW YORK (AP) — The last time Pete Alonso approached home plate, he never approached the batter’s box. Phillies manager Joe Girardi quickly held up four fingers for an intentional walk.

At that point, it was too late.

Alonso homered, doubled and drove in four runs, taking the major league RBI lead and powering the New York Mets past Philadelphia 8-6 on Friday night.

“He’s always one step away,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said, adding, “he never stops pushing.”

Alonso has 45 RBIs this season and has particularly beaten the Phillies, with five homers and 17 RBIs in 10 games against them.

The slugger tied the team record of 28 RBIs in the month of May set by Willie Montañez in 1978. Alonso has four more games to tie the Mets record for RBIs each month, set by Hall of Famer Gary Carter with 34 in September 1985.

Alonso’s RBI is the highest by Mets player before Memorial Day, surpassing Bernard Gilkey’s 44 in 1996.

“I just try to capitalize on the opportunities and be as consistent as possible every day,” he said.

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