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Canó, Alonso each homer twice as Mets beat Marlins 11-4

Back in Summer Camp, the most significant Mets lineup question was whether the team would bat Robinson Canó third. For most of his life, Canó had been a three-hole hitter. The Mets stuck with him in that spot for dozens of games last year regardless of how deeply he slumped, but public pressure was mounting to drop Canó in the lineup.

Knowing the future of the Mets’ offense surely revolved around Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil and others, manager Luis Rojas acquiesced, regularly slotting Cano sixth or seventh early this season.

So it was telling to see Canó batting above Alonso on Monday. The former, just back from the injured list, came into the night flirting with a .400 batting average. The latter, fresh off a mental and physical health day off, was flirting with the Mendoza Line. But for at least one night, both trend lines ran parallel as Canó and Alonso each hit two homers in the Mets’ 11-4 thumping of Miami at Marlins Park.

Returning to his usual position of second base after spending the weekend as New York’s designated hitter, Canó hit a two-run homer in the third inning, then crushed a 441-foot homer to right-center field in the sixth — his longest in three years. In accomplishing that feat, Canó tied Ryne Sandberg for the most multihomer games by a second baseman in Major League history.

Not to be outdone, Alonso hammered a solo homer down the left-field line in the fifth inning, then went back-to-back with Canó in the sixth. The Mets hope the effort will help the reigning National League Rookie of the Year Award winner become a more consistent power threat in the middle of their order.

Monday’s win went to reliever Chasen Shreve, who followed Robert Gsellman and struck out five of the seven batters he faced.