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PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 13: Pete Alonso #20 of the New York Mets hits a double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on April 13, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Pete Alonso had himself a day.

The first baseman, who was slotted at DH on Wednesday afternoon, drove in five runs on a 3-for-5 afternoon to power the Mets to a 9-6 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizen’s Bank Park.  The victory propels the Mets to a 5-2 record, and first place in the NL East.

Max Scherzer, making his second start as a Met was solid, allowing only a run on five hits with three walks and seven strikeouts; the righty improved to 2-0 on the season.

The Mets jumped on Phillies starter Aaron Nola in the third inning when Brandon Nimmo homered for the second straight day to get the scoring started. In the fourth Alonso would double in Starling Marte for his first RBI of the afternoon. The slugger back it up with another RBI double in the fifth, and a three-run homer in the sixth to build a 8-1 lead.

Unfortunately for the Mets, the bullpen once again made things interesting as Sean Reid-Foley, Joely Rodriguez and Adam Ottavino struggled to record outs. Both Reid-Foley and Rodriguez were charged with two runs a piece as the Mets lead was widdled down to 8-5. Edwin diaz even served up a solo shot to Bryce Harper that kept Philadelphia in the game at 9-6. Diaz would find a way to stop the bleeding, retiring the rest of the side in order to lock down the win.