The official Home Run Derby at Marlins Park occurred three years ago before the All-Star Game, but the unofficial version, featuring two prominent Mets, was underway Monday night.
Robinson Cano and Pete Alonso turned Miami’s empty Fish Tank (just like old times) into a launching pad, jump-starting a Mets lineup that spent the weekend searching for a jolt.
With Cano and Alonso each blasting two homers, the Mets rolled to an 11-4 victory that snapped their three-game losing streak.
Cano, who is hitting .412, continued his sizzling play, but the better sign for the Mets (10-14) was the breakout from Alonso, who entered the night still searching for his swing after a disappointing stretch to begin the season.
The Mets received a strong bullpen effort from Chasen Shreve, Jeurys Familia, Brad Brach and Franklyn Kilome after Robert Gsellman labored early and was knocked out after recording only five outs. The lefty Shreve, in particular, was effective with five strikeouts over 2 ¹/₃ scoreless innings. The rookie Kilome pitched the final three innings and allowed two runs to earn his first major league save.
Gsellman, who moved last week from the bullpen to the rotation,…