The heart of the order came up big for the Mets, hitting three homers and driving in all eight runs, leading the Mets to an 8-5 win Saturday night over the Marlins at Citi Field. The Mets’ win snapped a six-game winning streak for the Marlins.
Michael Conforto got in the act first, smacking a two-run homer in the second inning to give the Mets a 2-1 lead. Pete Alonso followed with another two-run shot in the third, a line shot with an exit velocity of 116. J.D. Davis hit a sac fly for the Mets’ fifth run and then cracked a three-run homer in the seventh inning, an opposite field shot. Davis also made a very nice backhand play at third base, complete with a strong, accurate throw to first.
David Peterson picked up the win, as he struggled through five innings. It would have been nice to send him back out there for the sixth but if you’re carrying 10 relievers, you’ve got to give them work. Jeurys Familia came out in the sixth and had trouble throwing strikes and allowed two runs. Drew Smith cleaned up the damage for Familia. Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson closed out the game, each throwing a scoreless inning.
Lugo was warming up with the Mets holding a one-run lead. But the Davis homer extended the advantage to four runs. So, Lugo only pitched one inning, potentially leaving him available to pitch on Sunday. Wilson had only faced one batter since July 29, so he needed the work.
The Mets go for the series win tomorrow afternoon, with Jacob deGrom on the mound. May they get him eight runs of support while he’s in the game.