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Brett Baty and Luis Severino lead Mets to a 6-1 victory over Royals

The Mets won for the fourth time in their last five games, beating the red-hot Royals 6-1 on Friday at Citi Field.

Here are the takeaways…

Luis Severino It looked like he was in for a long night when he allowed a home run to drive home Salvador Perez in the second inning, two batters walked with only one out. But the right-hander settled down and retired the next eight batters, holding the Royals to just one hit in five innings.

Severino didn’t have his best command, walking four batters, and didn’t have any overpowering stuff as he only struck out four batters. But the veteran found a way to keep the Mets in the game, silencing a dangerous Royals lineup that entered Friday on a seven-game winning streak and ranked fifth in the Majors with 73 runs scored, including more than 10 points in their last two games.

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Brett Baty continued the hot start to the 2024 season with a 2-for-4 night, with his biggest hit coming in the bottom of the fifth inning when he doubled over the glove of Royals center fielder Kyle Isbel to drive in two runs, giving the Met a 5-1 lead.

He was also the one who started a two-out rally in the fourth inning with a single and would come around to score and give the Mets a 2-1 lead on a Jeff McNeil only to left field.

Francisco Lindor, who received a standing ovation from the fans, showed some encouraging signs of overcoming his early season struggles. He singled in the fifth inning, which helped set up Baty’s two-run double, and walked in the fourth inning.

Lindor also hit a 107.6 mph groundout to first base in the sixth inning that set Royals’ Vinnie Pasquantino had difficulty handling, but he managed to keep the ball in front of him and initially catch a rushing Lindor in a close play.

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Pete Alonsoanother Met in an early-season slump, going 2-for-4 and hitting a 110-mph laser over the left-center field wall for his fourth home run of the season.

-As good as Severino was, the Mets’ bullpen might have been better. Jake Diekman, Reed Garrett, Adam Ottavino And Jorge Lopez held Kansas City to two hits over the final four innings of the game.


MVP of the game

It was a tough choice between Baty and Severino, but the Mets third baseman was involved in both rallies that resulted in Mets runs that put them ahead in the 6-1 win.

In fact, Baty was one of the bright spots for the Mets through the first two weeks of the season, posting a .327 batting average with a .777 OPS and eight RBI in 52 at-bats.

What’s next

The Mets continue their three-game series against the Kansas City Royals Saturday afternoon at 1:40 PM on SNY.

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Sean Manea (1-0, 0.82 ERA) gets the start for New York, opposed by Alec Marsh (1-0, 3.09) for the Royals.

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