Alonso, Pham help New York Mets beat Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 for series win

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Tommy Pham Delivers Mets Win Rubber Game Over Rays 3-2
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Tommy Pham Delivers Mets Win Rubber Game Over Rays 3-2
(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Alonso homered again and the New York Mets beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 on Thursday to post consecutive wins for the first time in a month.

The game was tied at 2 before Tommy Pham legged out a bouncer to third with one out in the sixth inning, driving in Jeff McNeil with the infield hit against Zack Littell (0-1).

Tylor Megill (5-2) worked six innings of two-run ball for the win. David Robertson allowed Randy Arozarena’s one-out double in the ninth before finishing his eighth save.

The Mets won consecutive games for the first time since April 20-21 in San Francisco. They won a series for the first time since taking two of three at the Los Angeles Dodgers from April 17-19.

Josh Lowe homered for Tampa Bay, which has dropped four of six. Lowe and Arozarena each had two hits, and Harold Ramírez drove in a run with a fielder’s choice in the first.

The Rays blew a 5-2 lead in Wednesday night’s 8-7 loss at New York. Francisco Álvarez connected for a tying three-run homer for the ninth for the Mets, and Alonso hit a three-run shot in the 10th.

Alonso put New York in front again in the series finale, driving a 1-2 fastball from rookie Taj Bradley 446 feet to center field. It was Alonso’s 16th homer.

After Lowe hit a tying homer in the sixth, the Mets had runners at first and third when Brett Baty followed Alonso’s warning-track fly ball with a single.

Pham’s grounder bounced high before third baseman Isaac Paredes fielded the ball at the edge of the grass. McNeil broke for home and Pham just beat the throw at first as the Mets regained the lead.

Pham had been in a 1-for-20 skid.

Bradley allowed two runs and three hits in five innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rays: 1B Yandy Díaz (left groin) missed a third straight game and likely will return for Friday’s homestand opener against Milwaukee. … RHP Zack Burdi was optioned to Triple-A Durham to make room for Bradley on the active roster.

UP NEXT

Rays: Open a three-game series against Milwaukee on Friday.

Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (0-2, 8.56 ERA) returns after missing over a month with right elbow inflammation. He pitches Friday against Cleveland RHP Cal Quantrill (2-2, 3.97 ERA).

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