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New York Mets' Pete Alonso breaks NL rookie record with 40th home run

By Connor Grott
New York Mets' Pete Alonso breaks NL rookie record with 40th home run
New York Mets rookie slugger Pete Alonso broke a tie with Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger for most home runs by a National League rookie in a single season Sunday. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Aug. 18 (UPI) -- New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso blasted his 40th home run of the season Sunday to break the National League rookie record for homers in a single season.

Alonso belted a 418-foot homer off Kansas City Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes in the ninth inning. The solo shot broke a tie with Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger for most home runs by an NL rookie in one season.

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Bellinger, who has an MLB-leading 42 home runs this season, hit 39 homers in the 2017 campaign to set the previous single-season rookie mark.

"It's crazy. I don't even know," Alonso told reporters. "It's something that, coming into camp I didn't know if I was going to make the team or not. To break this record and have a good season and keep playing the way I've been playing to try to help this team win, this season's been unbelievable. It's been a dream come true so far."

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Alonso also became the first Mets player to record 40 home runs in a single season since Carlos Beltran in 2016.

The Mets defeated the Royals 11-5 to pull the team into a three-way tie in the National League wild-card race. New York is 1 1/2 games behind the Chicago Cubs, who play the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday night.

The Cubs hold the second wild-card spot, while the Washington Nationals sit atop the NL wild-card standings.

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