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Mets cruise past Athletics in series opener

The New York Mets (8-6) opened a 10-game road trip on Friday night with a 17-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics (3-11).

New York put up a six spot on the board in the second inning and never looked back as they cruised to a blowout win.

Francisco Lindor led the offense with a grand slam and a career-high seven RBIs. Starling Marte collected two hits and drove in three runs. Brandon Nimmo, Daniel Vogelbach, and Eduardo Escobar also plated runs each. Five of the nine players in the starting lineup had multi-hit games, and the team drew a franchise-record 17 walks.

Kodai Senga surrendered four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings while walking four and striking out seven. Stephen Nogosek and Dennis Santana each gave up a run. John Curtiss recorded the final three outs of the contest.

The Mets will hand the ball to Carlos Carassco on Saturday as they try to win the series. The first pitch is scheduled for 4:07 p.m.