Giants blank Mets to spoil Francisco Lindor’s return

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The Mets began the last leg of their 13-game gauntlet against the Dodgers and Giants on Tuesday night.

It went just like much of the first 10 games.

The return of Francisco Lindor did not awaken a scuffling offense and Tylor Megill served up four home runs as the Mets sank further into their rut with an 8-0 loss to the Giants at Citi Field.

The Mets (61-64) were beaten for the ninth time in their last 11 games, all of them against the top two teams in the NL West. The Giants (81-44), who own the best record in baseball, took two of three from the Mets last week in San Francisco before the Mets dropped three of four against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

After hitting just 10-for-53 (.189) with runners in scoring position on the 2-5 road trip, the Mets returned home and got just four runners in scoring position all night Tuesday (two of them in the ninth inning). They went 0-for-4 when they did while being held to five hits overall.

Lindor, in his first game back off the injured list since July 16 due to a strained oblique, went 0-for-4.

Megill didn’t give the Mets much of a chance, either, in the worst start of his young MLB career. The Giants rocked the rookie right-hander, who had mostly been a pleasant surprise this season, for 11 hits and seven runs over 3 ²/₃ innings. The Giants crushed four home runs off Megill, who entered the game having allowed seven homers in his first 11 starts (56 innings).

Francisco Lindor and Pete Alonso
Jason Szenes for the New York Po

After throwing six innings of one-run ball last Wednesday in San Francisco, Megill gave up plenty of loud contact Tuesday.

Brandon Belt got the damage started in the first inning with a solo home run off the apple in center field.

In the second inning, ex-Met Wilmer Flores, who was introduced to a loud ovation, sliced a double to right field. He came around to score when Mike Yastrzemski crushed a two-run shot right for a 3-0 Giants lead.

After Megill stranded a pair of runners in the third inning following two singles — including one that happened because he was late to cover first base on a grounder to Pete Alonso — the long ball returned in the fourth.

With two outs and a runner on first, LaMonte Wade Jr. drilled a home run to center field to give the Giants a 5-0 lead. Belt then made it back-to-back with his second home run of the night, extending the lead to 6-0.

Buster Posey and Alex Dickerson followed with singles — the Giants’ 10th and 11th hits of the game — at which point manager Luis Rojas finally put Megill out of his misery and called on Trevor Williams from the bullpen.

Brandon Crawford singled off Williams to make it 7-0 before the inning finally concluded.

The Mets, meanwhile, mustered just three hits in 5 ¹/₃ innings against Giants rookie left-hander Sammy Long — an infield single, a bloop single and a double by Megill that Wade misplayed in right field.

Miguel Castro pitched two innings of mop-up duty, giving up a run in the eighth inning on an infield single by Belt.

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