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Mets pad NL East lead as Sandy Alderson’s exit strategy takes shape

That’s more like it.

The New York Mets snapped their three-game losing streak Thursday by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-1, in the first game of a four-game series this weekend at Citi Field.

Francisco Lindor launched his 24th home run to set a Mets season record for shortstops, and Carlos Carrasco (15-6) struck out a season-best 11 in six splendid innings.

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Since the Atlanta Braves had the night off, the Mets’ win extended their lead in the National League East to one game.

The Braves open a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies Friday at Truist Park.

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Before the game, New York announced a big front-office change. Per Mets PR:

The New York Mets announced today that Sandy Alderson will step down as President at the conclusion of a search for his successor. At that time, Alderson will shift to a new role as special advisor to owners Steve and Alex Cohen and the senior leadership team.

“When I asked Sandy to come back to the team, it was for a defined period of time and with a specific mandate – revive our culture and this iconic franchise for our fans, partners and employees,” Mets Owner, Chairman and CEO Steve Cohen said. “Sandy has done those very things and more and we have begun a search for his successor. When we find that person, I have asked Sandy to continue in a new role as special advisor to me and the senior leadership team.”

“For me personally and for the organization, it’s the right time for this transition,” Alderson said. “We are having a successful season, we have made several key additions to our senior leadership team and we have built a strong and forward-thinking culture. When the time comes, I am looking forward to continuing to support Steve, Alex and the organization in a new role.”

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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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Mike Rosenstein may be reached at mrosenstein@njadvancemedia.com.

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