Pete Alonso, a former standout at the University of Florida, homered to highlight the first four-hit game of his young career in the New York Mets’ 10-2 win Tuesday at Atlanta.
Alonso also had a double in the first, a walk in the sixth and an infield single in the seventh to complete his big night. In addition to three RBIs, he scored three times.
The 24-year-old is hitting .308 across the past seven days and now has 24 home runs, second in all of baseball, to go with 57 RBI.
UPDATE: On Sunday, Alonso went deep once again to set a team record in the 5-3 loss to Atlanta.
Alonso hit his 27th home run in the fourth, breaking the Mets record for most by a rookie in an entire season set by Darryl Strawberry in 1983.
“Thankfully I saw two of them in the previous at-bat and saw it long enough and put a really good swing on it,” Alonso said. “I’m proud of it, but I wish we won today. It was a tough loss.”
Alonso connected in his 77th game while Strawberry hit 26 in 133 games in 1983. The Mets’ record for homers in a season is 41, shared by Carlos Beltran and Todd Hundley.
Strawberry took note.
“Congrats to Pete for breaking my record which has stood for a long time,” Strawberry said in a statement. “What he’s done in a short period of time is most impressive. No goal seems out of reach.”
Alonso is nearing Mark McGwire’s major league record for homers by a rookie before the All-Star break, 33 set in 1987.