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Francisco Lindor exits with injury, benches clear as Mets gets roughed up by Pirates to open second half

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PITTSBURGH — Three-punch combo. Francisco Lindor departed with an injury, the benches cleared leading to an ugly altercation, and the Mets — down for the count — lost to the last-place Pirates, 4-1, on Friday night to begin the second half of the regular season. The Mets (47-41) returned from the All-Star break to play the same team they’d just hosted at Citi Field for four days. Tensions were high after Marcus Stroman got Pirates first baseman John Nogowski to lineout to end the fifth inning. Stroman celebrated the out on the mound with a hop and a skip, and Nogowski took issue with his grand…

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