J.D. Davis and Michael Conforto both cracked two-run homers to support a solid pitching effort by Steven Matz to lead the Mets to a 9-2 win over the Indians Tuesday night in the first day of a nine-game homestand, all against teams in the heat of the pennant race. The win upped the Mets’ home record to 35-21 (.625) and they are now 25-10 (.714) in the second half of the season.
Davis hit a ball to center field that cleared the wall with plenty of room to spare in the second inning to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. The Indians tied the game with an unearned run in the fourth. But Conforto gave the Mets the lead for good when he deposited a ball in the back of the bullpen in right field in the sixth inning.
Matz got the first out in the seventh inning before giving up an infield single and a walk. The Mets opted to bring in Justin Wilson, who struck out Francisco Lindor and Oscar Mercado back-to-back to strand the tying runs on base. It was an impressive outing for Wilson, who’s been magnificent since returning from the IL.
Interestingly, this appearance by Wilson with a slim lead happened in the seventh inning, less than a week after Mickey Callaway said he’d use Seth Lugo 100 times out of 100 in this scenario. Good thing he reflected – or had someone reflect for him – before the situation happened again.
And the Mets poured it on against the Cleveland bullpen, scoring four runs in the seventh inning and another in the eighth. Newly-promoted Rajai Davis got in the act with a run scored in the seventh and an RBI double in the eighth.
With the win, the Mets have a 13-5 record in August and the exact same mark in Interleague play.