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Mets ride Taijuan Walker’s gem in win over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Taijuan Walker was the hardest-working pitcher on the Mets’ marathon West Coast swing that concluded Sunday evening. 

Seldom does a pitcher obtain three begins on the identical street journey, however there was Walker dealing with the Angels to bookend a journey that started with him on the mound at Dodger Stadium on June 2. 

This one was his finest. The right-hander dominated a lineup that had tormented his workforce an evening earlier, carrying the Mets to a 4-1 victory at Angel Stadium. 

The Mets salvaged a .500 street journey, ending 5-5 in Southern California. But their lead in the NL East was lowered from 10 ½ to five ½ video games over that stretch. The Braves have gained 11 straight video games to serve discover they’re alive and nicely in the division. 

Walker struck out 10 batters and walked just one over six innings in which he allowed one earned run on six hits. It was a rebound from a shaky begin in opposition to the Padres in which Walker allowed 4 earned runs over six innings. To begin the journey, Walker surrendered two earned runs over 5 ²/₃ innings in opposition to the Dodgers. 

Taijuan Walker pitches Sunday during the Mets' win over the Angels.
Taijuan Walker pitches Sunday in the course of the Mets’ win over the Angels.
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The Mets actually welcomed the standard begin after Chris Bassitt and Carlos Carrasco scuffled, with a shortened look by Tylor Megill sandwiched in-between. 

Seth Lugo pitched 1 ¹/₃ scoreless innings in reduction earlier than Edwin Diaz received the ultimate 5 outs for his twelfth save in 15 probabilities. Diaz, who appeared in solely three video games on the street journey, entered in the eighth with a runner on first base and struck out Mike Trout. After Diaz walked Anthony Rendon, he struck out Jared Walsh on a 101 mph fastball. Diaz then struck out the facet in the ninth. 

Pete Alonso offered the Mets with an insurance coverage run in the highest of the ninth by blasting his NL-leading 18th homer of the season. The blast was Alonso’s second in as many video games. 

Edwin Diaz reacts after striking out Jared Walsh to end the eighth inning.
Edwin Diaz reacts after placing out Jared Walsh to finish the eighth inning.
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Starling Marte, who returned to the lineup after lacking three video games with left quadriceps soreness, stroked an RBI double in the third inning in opposition to Patrick Sandoval that gave the Mets their first run. Brandon Nimmo singled main off the inning earlier than Marte hit a shot to right-center that introduced in the run. 

J.D. Davis’s solo homer in the fourth gave the Mets a 2-1 lead. The blast was Davis’ second this season and first since April 24. Davis entered play with a .346/.397/.423 slash line over his earlier 15 video games. 

Marte stored operating from second on Alonso’s grounder that Matt Duffy smothered on the outfield grass in the seventh and scored the Mets’ third run. It got here after Marte walked and superior to second on the again finish of a double-steal try — the lead runner, Brandon Nimmo, was nailed at third. 

Starling Marte scores on Pete Alonso's seventh-inning infield hit.
Starling Marte scores on Pete Alonso’s seventh-inning infield hit.
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J.D. Davis connects on a solo home run in the fourth inning.
J.D. Davis connects on a solo residence run in the fourth inning.
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The left-hander Sandoval pitched six innings and surrendered two earned runs on eight hits with eight strikeouts and two walks. 

Trout — who homered twice the earlier evening in his return to the lineup from groin soreness that value him three video games — delivered an RBI single in the primary that gave the Angels a 1-0 lead. Brandon Marsh had doubled main off the sport for the Angels. Rendon hit right into a double play or the inning may have been worse for Walker, who allowed consecutive singles to Walsh and Duffy later in the body. 

Walker allowed an infield single to Marsh main off the third, however that was eradicated by a pickoff at first base. The Angels put two runners on base in the fourth, however Walker struck out Tyler Wade to flee earlier than retiring the facet in order in the fifth and sixth innings.

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