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Sterling Marte returns to All-Star form at All-Around Mets Day

If Buck Showalter was worried the Mets would be lethargic after an exhausting five-game set with the Braves, Sterling Marte , calmed the skipper with one swing of the bat. 

After Justin Dunn hit Brandon Nimo with a pitch to start the bottom of the first, Marte hit a 408-foot fastball to left center for a two-run homer. . Marte's blast provided the keynote address and the only run support Basit needed in Monday night's 8 5-1 series opener against the Reds 7 at Citi Field. . 

"I don't go for home runs. I just try to hit the ball hard," Marte said. “If I have a runner on first base, I try to move the runner forward so that the next runner can run. No. Run.” 

August got off to an inauspicious start for Marte, who posted a .377 in July. 194 batting average in his eight games this month. 

Starling Marte hits a single in the fourth inning
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Starling Marte steals second in the fourth inning.
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Marte rediscovered All-Star form Monday night, line-drive singles and stolen bass , a home run. It was his first multi-hit performance since he had three hits against Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara on July 29. With his line of 

.294/.345/.462 slashes, Marte assumed the Mets would sign him to a four-year, $78 million deal in November. I continue to provide the Mets with works that I used to have. 

"They are very consistent in who they are and who they want to be," Showalter said of the trio of Marte, Nemo and Francisco Lindor. rice field. "...Once Sterling figured out you were the guy who kind of left a spot in the lineup and a spot on the field, it kind of took off for him when he had that heart."

Reflecting Showalter's mentality, Marte stressed the importance of bringing the same energy every game. 

"It doesn't matter which team plays. We know we have a responsibility. We have to get out there and score," Marte said. Told. "Thankfully, that's what's happening. It doesn't matter if the team is last or first, we have to get out there and play hard and win those games." 56}

And his first long ball set the tone for the Mets to do just that.