Alonso hits 53rd HR, sets rookie record as Mets blank Braves

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    Pete Alonso reached for a fastball on the outer part of the plate and sent it soaring just to the right of straightaway center field. He held the handle of his bat and slowly took eight short steps toward first base, his face expressionless, eyes fixed on the ball.

    He followed its path into the first row of seats, 415 feet away, then started his trot and raised both arms, index fingers pointed skyward. On the next-to-last day of his first major league season, he hit his 53rd home run to break the rookie record Yankees star Aaron Judge set in 2017.

    "There's just euphoria and magic," Alonso said . "It was like an out-of-body experience, almost. I felt like I wasn't standing in the box alone."

    A 24-year-old with a prematurely receding hairline and a rapidly ascending career, Alonso earned extended standing ovations from the adoring crowd of 32,210 at Citi Field during the New York Mets' 3-0 win over the playoff-bound Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

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