Lindor forces balk, hits 2-run double, Mets beat Nationals


New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo tries to make a catch on Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)

NEW YORK — Francisco Lindor forced a balk and hit a two-run double, Javier Báez and Jonathan Villar homered and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 9-4.

The Mets took two of three and won a series for the first time since sweeping the Nationals in a three-game set Aug. 10-12.

Josh Bell hit two home runs for Washington and Juan Soto also connected. Those were the only three hits for the Nationals in the game.

Villar also tripled, singled and scored three runs.

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