Pete Alonso gets 3 RBIs, Mets ease past Diamondbacks

Pete Alonso drove in three runs against Arizona ace Zac Gallen as the host New York Mets recorded a 7-1 victory over the Diamondbacks Wednesday night, tightening the race for the NL’s final wild card spot.The Diamondbacks (76-71) went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and moved into a tie with the Cincinnati Reds for the NL’s final wild card spot.Rafael Ortega added an RBI double and a key outfield assist in the fourth as the Mets (67-78) improved to 5-1 in the season series with the Diamondbacks this year. Mark Vientos contributed a two-run homer for the Mets, who totaled 11 hits.Alonso raised his season RBI total to 108 and reached three times. He hit an RBI single in the first after Francisco Lindor doubled off the right field wall. The first baseman added a two-run double in the fifth for a 5-0 lead and reached on a fielding error where he was not credited with an RBI in the sixth.New York’s productive night at the plate proved enough for Joey Lucchesi (3-0), who made his first start since Aug. 18. Lucchesi allowed an unearned run and five hits in seven-plus innings. The right-hander struck out two, walked three and got 10 ground ball outs.The Mets carried a 1-0 lead into the fourth when Tommy Pham opened with a walk and took third on Lourdes Gurriel’s base hit after Lucchesi was called for two pitch clock violations. Ortega cut the ball off and made a strong throw to second baseman Jeff McNeil to easily get Gurriel well before he reached second.