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Francisco Lindor leads Mets to much-needed win | ESNY back page

Boy, did the Mets need that.

Francisco Lindor delivered a two-run home run and Carlos Carrasco threw six solid innings as the Amazins beat the Pirates, 7-1, on Thursday night at Citi Field. The win got them out of their funk after a sweep at the hands of the Pirates and eked their NL East lead up to one game on the Braves in the standings (they remain tied in the loss column).

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James Kratch is the managing editor of ESNY. He previously worked as a Rutgers and Giants (and Mike Francesa) beat reporter for NJ Advance Media.