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NEW YORK – On a particularly meaningful Roberto Clemente day for both of them, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco propelled the New York Mets past the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-1 on Thursday night to extend their slim lead in the East of the Land. -New.

Lindor threw his 24th home run to set a Mets season record for shortstops, and Carrasco (15-6) struck out 11 in six splendid innings as New York edged an inactive Atlanta game.

Freefall designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach made three runs against his former team, and pinch hitter Mark Vientos hit an RBI single for his first major league hit.

Coming out early at the plate in Game 1 of a four-game series, the Mets snapped a five-game losing streak at home and rebounded from a three-game sweep by the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field.

New York improved to 6-7 in 16 games against Washington, Pittsburgh, Miami and Chicago – all more than 20 games below .500 this season.

Michael Chavis scored an RBI double in the second for the last-placed Pirates. JT Brubaker (3-12) was scored for five runs and seven hits in three innings before leaving with right muscle discomfort. It is day to day.

Carrasco was playing catch in the outfield to pull away as more than a dozen other winners of baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award for Community Service and Excellence in Play were introduced at a pre-game ceremony. match. Major League Baseball was celebrating its 21st annual Roberto Clemente Day, with festivities centered at Citi Field to honor the Pirate Hall of Fame outfielder who died in a plane crash at age 38 while trying to deliver relief to the victims of the earthquake in Nicaragua on New Year’s Eve 1972.

A leukemia survivor, Carrasco won the darling award in 2019 with Cleveland.

Lindor, like Clemente a proud Puerto Rican native, hit a two-run homer in the second deck into right field to make it 4-0 in the third. Jeff McNeil followed with a brace and Vogelbach, acquired from Pittsburgh in a trade in July, added an RBI single.

Vogelbach started the Mets first with a two-run brace against Brubaker.

After a four-game sweep in Cincinnati, the Pirates lost 10-4 and denied their first five-game winning streak since April 2019.

Clement’s day

For the big leaguers who saw him play, Roberto Clemente was a jaw-dropping talent and an undeniable force on the court that had a powerful impact on young ballplayers.

His selfless humanitarianism also left a lasting impression.

Major League Baseball celebrated its 21st annual Clemente Day with festivities centered in New York City.

Clemente died in a plane crash aged 38 while trying to deliver relief to earthquake victims in Nicaragua on New Year’s Eve 1972. To mark the 50th anniversary of that tragedy, more than a Dozen winners of baseball’s prized Roberto Clemente Award for Philanthropy and Playing Excellence joined members of the Clemente family at Citi Field for the pre-game ceremony.

“The most important trophy I have at home. Because it’s not just a trophy. said former Mets slugger and 2006 winner Carlos Delgado, like Clemente, a proud Puerto Rican native.

In recent years, MLB has pushed to retire Clemente’s number 21 for all teams, as the sport did in 1997 to honor Dodgers trailblazer Jackie Robinson for breaking baseball’s 50-year color barrier. earlier.

“It’s a situation where I think it’s gaining momentum,” said Pirates manager Derek Shelton. “I think today is one of the best days of the year.”

Hall of Famers Dave Winfield and Jim Thome were among the Clemente Award winners featured on the court before life and career highlights from the 15-time All-Star were played on the large video board at the center field.

Players and coaches from both teams — all wearing Clemente’s No. 21, like others around the majors — lined the baselines. Puerto Rican musician Jose Feliciano performed the national anthem of Puerto Rico and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and Clemente’s 4-year-old grandson threw a first pitch in an RC III Pirates jersey.

“It’s a very special energy today,” said Luis Clemente, Roberto’s son. “The energy is totally different this year.”

Clemente, a beloved Puerto Rican baseball-loving icon, became the first player from the Caribbean and Latin America to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.

The strong-armed right fielder won 12 Golden Gloves, four batting titles and the 1966 NL MVP award. He helped lead the Pirates to a pair of championships in 18 brilliant seasons and was the 1971 World Series MVP.

“I came to the league in 1973. I knew who Roberto Clemente was and I was going to be a right-back, so I watched the way he charged the ball, picked it up, sent people off. I wish (that we) could have played so I could test each other’s arms. But he was an incredible player and an even more incredible human being. said Winfield.

“Before I go, man, that was one of the things I wanted to do was win this Roberto Clemente award because it would just recognize some of the work that had been done throughout my career. “, he added. “I missed him by a year. But his legacy continues and we are all part of it.

Clemente had his 3,000th hit in his last at bat, a brace against Mets left-hander Jon Matlack on Sept. 30, 1972.

“You look back through history and some of the things he did and what he means,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said: “It’s a great thing baseball does.”

“I think of him catching the ball on the right field line and turning and throwing,” Showalter added, noting that he swung a Roberto Clemente model bat in high school. “I think about his reckless abandonment and what a loud runner he was. Can you imagine what it was like trying to tag it to the second, coming in, back when you could actually slip with your spikes and hang on to the bag because it wasn’t hard, plastic and smooth? »

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