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Mets Finish West Coast Trip As Second MLB Team to 40 Wins

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Closer Edwin Díaz emphatically wrapped up the Mets’ 10-game West Coast trip with a five-out save to preserve a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday night. But it was a decidedly smaller moment in the series that spoke volumes about the chemistry and character of these National League-leading Mets.

It was Friday night in the sixth inning, the Angels had summoned reliever Jaime Barría with one out and one on, and he proceeded to strike out Francisco Lindor on three consecutive sliders. As Lindor walked back to the dugout, he paused to intercept the next hitter, Pete Alonso, leaning in for a few words before the first baseman stepped to the plate.

“I told him what I saw, what I thought he should have known about the ball,” Lindor said. “It’s one thing to see video. It’s one thing to read scouting reports. It’s another thing in real life and what’s happening in the moment.”

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