Gators in MLB: Alonso sets another NY Mets mark

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New York Mets' Pete Alonso, right, celebrates with Jeff McNeil (6) after hitting a three-run home run off San Francisco Giants' Derek Holland in the sixth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 20, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

SAN FRANCISCO — Pete Alonso set another record after making a small tweak to his swing.

Alonso (University of Florida) came off the bench and hit his 33rd home run, setting the Mets rookie record for RBIs as New York beat San Francisco 11-4 Saturday to end the Giants’ seven-game winning streak.

Before the game Mets manager Mickey Callaway said said he felt Alonso needed a break with his young first baseman in a 3-for-30 slump coming out of the All-Star break after winning the Home Run Derby.

Alonso wasn’t happy — “I don’t feel worn down,” he said — but used the time to work on his swing, then took a spot on the bench until Callaway called for him to pinch-hit in the pitcher’s spot in the sixth.

Alonso’s three-run homer off Derek Holland gave him 75 RBIs, one more than Darryl Strawberry had as a Mets rookie in 1983. Alonso already holds the franchise rookie records for home runs and extra-base hits.

“It was a great mental health day,” Alonso said. “I went down in the third inning and worked on some stuff in the cage. I was looking in too big of an area. The ball needs to start in a smaller window, and the pitch that I hit the home run started in that small, tight window where I wanted it.”

Callaway beamed afterward.

“That’s what you want,” Callaway said. “One at-bat, three RBIs, a homer and go rest some more.”