Francisco Lindor’s three-hit outburst helps Mets win ugly one

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PHOENIX – The Mets have waited all year for Francisco Lindor to become a presence atop the lineup. Just maybe this latest surge can be taken seriously.

Wednesday it was Lindor’s third hit of the afternoon that put his team in position to win a game that could have gone in either direction. Lindor singled in the ninth, advanced to second on center fielder Ketel Marte’s error, took third on a passed ball and scored the go-ahead run on Pete Alonso’s single in 7-6 victory over the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

The Mets (27-21) escaped with two victories in three games in the series, but lost another player: Jonathan Villar departed with right hamstring tightness, a potential blow to a team already stacked with injury list casualties.

Lindor finished with three hits in five at-bats and is 9-for-23 (.391) over his last four games. This latest three-hit game was only his second of the season, as he raised his average to .209 – its highest level since April 27.

Edwin Diaz rebounded from his first blown save of the season, the previous ninth, by working a perfect ninth. 

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