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Francisco Lindor’s first-inning home run on Tuesday night was for the dogs.

Well, one dog, at least.

The star shortstop’s 26th homer of the year was sent into the second deck in right field — making it back-to-back jacks after Brandon Nimmo’s shot — for a 2-0 lead over the Nationals.

The ball ended up in the mouth of a golden retriever named Renegade wearing a Mets bandana — not that he or brother Doak, seated next to him, was trying to catch it. Just the opposite, in fact.

“Lindor hits the home run. I see it coming and I guess my dad instincts took over,” Doak’s owner, Chris Howland, told MLB.com. “It was literally going right for the dogs. I don’t need them taking a 110 mile-an-hour baseball in the stomach. So, I reached over my girlfriend, it hit off my finger, hit off the seat and landed on the ground. We’re scrambling for it. I came up with it and I gave it to the dog.”

While Aaron Judge’s latest home run could be worth millions, Lindor’s solo shot made for a good chew toy for Renegade and Doak, and a great story for their owners.

“In the moment I was like, ‘This is way funnier if I give [the ball] to him,’” Howland said. “So, I handed it to him and he was cool about it, right? He was holding onto it, chewing on it. They’re both obsessed with balls to begin with, so one of them was gonna take it.”

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