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Pete Alonso right at home in Subway Series pressure cooker

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Pete Alonso’s indoctrination into the Subway Series wouldn’t have been complete without a jog around the bases Tuesday.

Add Yankee Stadium to the list of launch sites for the Mets rookie, who homered in the first inning in Game 2 of the split doubleheader.

“I’m really looking forward to the ones at Citi Field, this environment was nuts,” Alonso said after the Mets’ 10-4 victory in the nightcap. “I am just really looking forward to the next two [Subway] games.”

Alonso’s blast was the first of three for the Mets. J.D. Davis and Carlos Gomez also homered on a night when Yankees starter James Paxton was knocked out after only 2²/₃ innings, in which he allowed six runs.

With 22 homers, Alonso moved within four of the Mets’ rookie record set by Darryl Strawberry in 1983. Eleven of those homers have come on the road. Alonso entered the day leading all rookies in homers, RBIs, extra-base hits, slugging percentage and total bases.

The Mets struck fast against Paxton in the nightcap after getting buried 12-5 in Game 1. Jeff McNeil doubled leading off the game and Davis singled him to third before Alonso connected on a 2-2 fastball that cleared the fence in left-center.

“I was just trying to make good contact with the ball and get Jeff in,” Alonso said. “We were in a pretty good RBI situation and I was just trying to put the ball in play wherever because he was throwing all his nasty stuff at me and I was able to foul off some of his really tough sliders and thankfully I got a fastball up in the zone and barreled it up really nicely.”

Manager Mickey Callaway added some urban legend to the at-bat, saying Alonso told him he was just trying to foul off the pitch he ultimately crushed for the homer. But Alonso cleared up the matter, saying he was trying to foul off Paxton’s sliders and stay on the fastball.

“They have been attacking [Alonso] underneath the zone and then you elevate one and it was probably up out of the strike zone by a good margin and he put a good swing on it,” Callaway said.

Davis hit a two-run homer in the fourth against Chance Adams before Gomez homered in the fifth against the right-hander. But it was the damage against Paxton that most impressed Alonso.

“Paxton, he is a dude for a reason and to rough up a guy like that is huge resilience for us,” Alonso said. “It was a really good opportunity for us to get momentum for the rest of the game and take it into the next series.”

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