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Mets GM Zack Scott unamused by Lindor’s rat claim

Francisco Lindor claimed there was no fight between he and teammate Jeff McNeil, just a simple debate of rat or raccoon.
Francisco Lindor claimed there was no fight between he and teammate Jeff McNeil, just a simple debate of rat or raccoon.Mike Stobe/Getty

Jeff McNeil and Francisco Lindor teamed up to produce all four runs a night after scuffling in the dugout and the New York Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Saturday night.

The pair attempted to dismiss Friday’s dustup by claiming they were arguing over an animal spotted in the clubhouse tunnel — Lindor said it was a rat, McNeil’s story was that it was a raccoon or possum.

No critters Saturday — just a couple All-Star hitters. McNeil hit a two-run homer in the third off Merrill Kelly (2-3), and Lindor had a double, an RBI and scored on a throwing error after a stolen base.

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Five pitchers combined for an eight-hitter on a bullpen day for the Mets, who have won four straight. The Diamondbacks fell to 0-5 on a six-game trip, during which they have been outscored 29-10.

Mets acting general manager Zack Scott wasn’t thrilled by Lindor’s fuzzy explanation for his dugout dustup with McNeil.

Scott said Saturday it was “unfortunate” that Lindor and McNeil attempted to dismiss their dustup by bizarrely claiming they were arguing over a critter spotted in the clubhouse tunnel.

The disagreement happened out of view of television cameras, but New York’s broadcast showed other players and coaches rushing into the tunnel to break up some sort of commotion.

“You’d have to ask the players why they chose to handle it that way,” Scott said. “Not how I’d go (about it). I think what’s unfortunate is it’s a little bit of a bigger story than it needs to be and it takes away from one of our best wins of the year. That was a great win last night.”

Gleyber Torres, Yankees overcome dominant Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer joined an elite group of pitchers with 100 double-digit strikeout games.
Max Scherzer joined an elite group of pitchers with 100 double-digit strikeout games.Bill Kostroun/Associated Press

Max Scherzer overwhelmed batters to dominate a Cy Young Award-winning duel with Corey Kluber, reaching double-digit strikeouts for the 100th time, but it wasn’t quite enough.

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After striking out three times against Scherzer, Gleyber Torres blooped a tying single in the ninth inning and won the game with a 50-foot single into a five-man infield that gave the New York Yankees a thrilling 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals.

“Especially with the five-man infield, you don’t usually expect to see an infield single like that to win a ballgame,” Aaron Judge said. “But Gleyber’s been hitting the ball — he’ll hit it right at somebody 110 mph and it’s an out, and sure enough he had two hits today that were 50, 60 mph off the bat — if that. That’s the crazy game we play.”

Scherzer, coming off a five-hitter that beat Miami at home last Sunday and the birth of his son less than two hours after the final pitch, struck out 14 in 7 1/3 innings, allowed two hits, and walked one. Scherzer joined Nolan Ryan (215), Randy Johnson (212), Roger Clemens (110), and Pedro Martínez (108) as the only pitchers to strike out 10 or more at least 100 times.

“It’s pretty cool to join the club,” Scherzer said, “but it’s tough for me to put really put that in perspective. I think that’s more for other people, the other pitchers that pitched before me and obviously guys after me.”

Yadier Molina drives in three in return from injured list, Cards top Rockies

Yadier Molina returned from the injury list and hit the ground running on Saturday.
Yadier Molina returned from the injury list and hit the ground running on Saturday.Jeff Roberson/Associated Press

Yadier Molina drove in three runs in his return from the injured list, Paul Goldschmidt homered, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Colorado Rockies 9-8 Saturday. Goldschmidt also had three RBIs and Nolan Arenado hit another double against his former team. The Cardinals have won eight straight and 14 of their last 15 games against Colorado at Busch Stadium... Pinch-hitter Matt Duffy had a go-ahead single in the seventh inning, reliever Keegan Thompson pitched three scoreless innings for his first major league victory, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 for their fifth straight win... Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt, and Austin Slater homered and the San Francisco Giants kept rolling at home, beating the San Diego Padres 7-1... Slumping Miguel Cabrera hit a tiebreaking single to key a five-run burst in the seventh inning that sent the Detroit Tigers over the Minnesota Twins 7-3.

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