Stewart hits two home runs as the Mets defeat the Pirates 8-3

DJ Stewart had his first multihomer game in two years on Wednesday, leading the New York Mets to an 8-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Stewart, who also homered as a pinch-hitter in Tuesday’s 7-4 loss, hit a solo shot in the second inning Wednesday off Johan Oviedo (6-13) and delivered a two-run homer in the fifth off Ryan Borucki. The two-homer game was the third of Stewart’s career and his first since Aug. 12, 2021, when he went deep twice for the Baltimore Orioles.

Stewart also had a pair of pivotal plays in right field. He began the relay that resulted in Andrew McCutcheon being thrown out at home in the fifth before making an over-the-shoulder catch of Ke’Bryan Hayes’ fly ball with two on to end the sixth and the Mets up 6-3.

Pete Alonso hit his 36th homer, a solo shot that moved him into the Mets’ top 10 list in RBIs with 469, snapping a tie with Keith Hernandez.

Francisco Lindor hit a two-run single, while Brandon Nimmo and Rafael Ortega had an RBI apiece for the Mets, who won just their second series since completing a selloff at the trade deadline.

Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run homer for the Pirates, while Alika Williams had an run-scoring single.

Tylor Megill (7-6) earned his first win in exactly two months after giving up two runs in five innings.

Oviedo allowed four runs and walked five in four-plus innings.


Mets closer Edwin Díaz, who suffered a torn right patellar tendon in the World Baseball Classic in March, threw in a bullpen Wednesday morning. The team hasn’t ruled out the possibility Díaz could pitch this season.

“I’m not going to sit here and tell you I know exactly how it’s going to be and what he’s going to do,” Mets manager Buck Showalter said. “But he’s done his part. He’s been a guy that’s showed up — everything we’ve asked of him and then some. The only thing we’ve had to do is slow him down some.

“I hope we have that decision to make.”


Hayes went 2-for-5 and finished the season batting .444 (12-for-27) against the Mets — the highest single-season average by a Pirates player with at least 25 at-bats against New York since Gregory Polanco hit .500 in 26 at-bats in 2018.


The teams combined to issue 13 walks Wednesday and 27 in the three-game series.


Pirates: CF Joshua Palacios (gastrointestinal illness), who was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning Tuesday, felt better Wednesday but didn’t play.

Mets: The Mets recalled RHP Dennis Santana from Triple-A Syracuse and optioned RHP José Butto to the same affiliate. … IF Mark Vientos (left wrist) underwent an MRI that revealed inflammation. He is day-to-day. Vientos was 0-for-2 Tuesday before being replaced by Stewart. … LHP David Peterson, who absorbed a comebacker off his right wrist in Tuesday’s start, underwent an X-ray that revealed no damage.

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