WASHINGTON — Kyle Schwarber homed three times and set a major league record with five in the span of two games, helping the Washington Nationals win the Mets, 5-2, three of four in the series on Sunday.
Schwarber set a National/Expose franchise record by homing nine times in a 10-game period, taking his first career-game total to 18 this season with three homer-games. Moved to the leadoff spot on June 12, Schwarber had four RBIs for the second straight game.
“To be honest with you, I don’t know what’s going on,” Schwarber said.
He hit a 2–0 fastball hit Taijuan Walker (6–3) for his fourth leadoff home run this season, homing to a 3–1 lead on a sinker while starting fifth on an eight-pitch-bat. Captured.
“I think he’s just off now,” Walker said. “He was hitting every fastball we threw.”
Schwarber hit a 0-1 slider off Juris Familia for a two-run homer in the Mets’ bullpen in left field in the seventh.
“It’s about as hot as you can get,” said Mets manager Luis Rojas.
It was Schwarber’s sixth three-homer game since the franchise moved to Washington for the 2005 season, the first since Anthony Rendon’s 10-RBI game against the Mets on April 30, 2017.
“I’m a big believer that hitting is a feeling. Don’t get me wrong, there’s mechanical, there’s attitude, things like that,” Schwarber said. “But when you step into the box and everything feels right , then you already have a huge advantage.”
Schwarber’s third homer followed a pinch-hit double by Gerardo Parra, a 34-year-old fan favorite who returned to the Nationals on Sunday when his contract was selected from Class AAA Rochester. Mercury’s walk-up music to the children’s song “Baby Shark” became the subject of the National Run for the 2019 World Series title, and it sounded before his bat to the delight of the crowd.
Parra spent last season in Japan with the Yomiuri Giants, then signed a minor league contract with the Nationals last winter.
“Almost cried,” Parra said of the crowd’s reaction.
Patrick Corbin (5-5) conceded two runs and four hits in six innings with seven strikes and one walk. He retired 15 of 16 batsmen on 76 pitches through six innings.
Pete Alonso finished seventh. Finished 38 at-bat homeless stretches this season with his 11th place. Alonso scored 80 home runs in 274 games, the third lowest behind Ryan Howard (245) and Aaron Judge (264).
A shifted third baseman Starlin Castro stopped pinch-hitter Dominic Smith’s smash in the middle of Kyle Finnegan for a double play in the seventh.
The Mets scored just nine runs in the four-match series. Despite taking 2 for 14 with the runners in the scoring position, the Washington Mets ended in five matches.
“It’s really clicking,” said national manager Dave Martinez. “Every man is doing his job.”
Walker, who allowed only two former homers this season, fell 2-3 on the road to go with a 4-0 home mark. He allowed four runs and a season-high 10 hits in six and a third innings.
Kevin Pilar’s sixth homer equalized the second, and Josh Bell hit a go-forward single in the third.