QUEENS — The Mets are finally learning that it’s beneficial to play the kids.
Twenty-three-year-old Mark Vientos, making his 2023 debut, and 21-year-old Francisco Alvarez sprung an anemic offense to life with late-inning, game-tying home runs before Pete Alonso wiped away two Tampa Bay Rays runs in the 10th inning, launching a no-doubter of a three-run home run to lift the Mets to an 8-7 victory.
“Today was just awesome,” Alonso said. “To have Alvey and Mark come through in really huge situations. I’m really fortunate because without them coming through in those big spots, I’m not given that opportunity. Our young guys are pros.”
The Mets (21-23) erased three multi-run
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