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Mets’ Alonso ties NL rookie HR record in win over Braves

The Associated PressATLANTA (AP) — Pete Alonso and Amed Rosario helped the New York Mets pile up huge totals of hits and runs.

The Mets needed almost all of them to hold off the homer-happy Atlanta Braves.

Alonso drove in six runs with five hits, including a three-run homer that helped lead to Julio Teheran’s shortest career start, and the Mets held on in the ninth inning to beat the Braves 10-8 on Thursday night.

“It’s incredible. It’s hard to put in words, five knocks as a rookie,” Mets starter Marcus Stroman said of Alonso. “It seems like he’s on everything, barreling everything.”

Alonso’s first-inning homer carried 451 feet before making a splash landing in the pool behind the center-field wall.

Alonso’s 39th homer tied Cody Bellinger for the National League rookie record.

Bellinger hit 39 homers for the Dodgers in 2017, the same year the Yankees’ Aaron Judge set the major league rookie mark with 52.

“I don’t stand alone,” Alonso said. “I’m tied. Hopefully I keep on going and keep pushing forward. Hopefully I can stand alone in that category.”

Alonso set career highs for hits and RBIs.

The Mets had a season-high 23 hits. Rosario’s career-high five hits included two doubles, two singles and a triple. It was the first time in franchise history the Mets had more than one player with five hits.

“That’s nuts. That’s crazy,” Alonso said when told about the duo setting Mets history.

“I think all of us kind of fed off Amed today.”

Wilson Ramos added four hits.

New York won despite giving up six homers, including three in the ninth. Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson each hit his second homer of the game in the inning and Ronald Acuna Jr. hit a two-run shot — all against Drew Gagnon.

Edwin Diaz walked Brian McCann before striking out Ender Inciarte for his 25th save.

Stroman (7-11) allowed three runs, two earned, on four hits in 5⅓ innings. The right-hander earned his first win in three starts since being traded to New York from Toronto on July 28.

Stroman gave up homers to Matt Joyce in the fourth and Donaldson in the sixth.

New York, trying to stay close in the NL wild-card race, snapped a three-game losing streak that included the first two games of the series.

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