Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Jay Bruce and T.J. Rivera combined for four RBIs in the first three innings as the Mets jumped out to a 5-0 lead off Marlins starter Jose Ureña. Jose Reyes added a sacrifice fly and Curtis Granderson, who scored twice, plated Matt Reynolds with a groundout in the seventh. Bruce singled and doubled, and Rivera notched his fifth game of three or more hits this season with a double and two singles.
2) Seth Lugo surrendered three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings to win for the third time in four starts.
3) Jerry Blevins, Josh Edgin and Addison Reed combined for three scoreless frames of relief. Reed notched his 12th save in 14 chances.
4) Giancarlo Stanton's solo homer was his 32nd roundtripper against the Mets, his highest against any opponent.
Postgame reaction from Michael Baron...
The Mets have a nice stretch going with two series wins in a row, albeit against poor teams. They've had some laughers, gotten better than decent pitching, their defense has improved since Asdrubal Cabrera shifted positions, and they don't look as lethargic as they did last week, helping to change the conversation about the state of the club, temporarily at least.
Lugo's presence has been so refreshing in this rotation. He works quickly, keeps the ball down, comes inside and throws strikes, and he seems to be maturing from start-to-start. He's got such good movement on his fastballs of varying speeds, whether it's his cut, four-seam or two-seamer. And, that curveball serves as a nice equalizer for him. Things unraveled for him in the sixth inning, but he's a heady pitcher with a plan out there, providing an element of consistency which - aside from Jacob deGrom - has been missing in this rotation all year.
The Mets are coming home with a 5-5 road trip. All told, that's not horrible considering they got swept out of Los Angeles last week. If they have a prayer to become relevant again and keep the band together this year, this upward trend must continue sharply through the All-Star break. But, it's not going to be easy… >> To follow Baron on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
After dropping four straight to the Dodgers to begin the road trip, the Mets won five of their last six to finish 5-5.
New York scored twice in the first inning on Thursday, the seventh time in eight games they've tallied a run in the opening frame.
Granderson has hit in eight straight, batting .382 (13-for-34) with eight RBIs and 12 runs scored in that span. He's scored at least one run in each game. Granderson's leadoff double in the first was the 300th of his career.
Lugo improved to 3-0 in four appearances -- three starts -- against the Marlins, and 6-1 in seven career road starts. The Mets have won 10 of Lugo's last 11 starts dating back to Aug. 25, 2016.
Bruce is hitting .310 with eight homers and 19 RBIs this month.
What they said after the game...
Lugo on his outing: "I think everything was there...I think everything was working pretty well tonight. ... The only thing for me, that I'd like to improve on, is going a little deeper into the game -- getting into the seventh, eighth inning."
Winners in five of their last six, the Mets (36-42) return home for three games to face the Major League-worst Phillies (26-51) at Citi Field on Friday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom (7-3, 3.71 ERA, 1.27 WHIP) takes aim at his fourth consecutive win after he allowed one run over eight innings against the Giants last Saturday. The right-hander has worked at least eight innings in each of his previous three starts while surrendering two earned runs in that span. DeGrom allowed two runs over six innings during a no-decision against Philadelphia on April 10.
Ben Lively (1-2, 3.90 ERA 1.26 WHIP) opens the series for the Phillies. The 25-year-old rookie allowed four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks last Saturday to suffer his second big league loss. Since allowing one run over seven innings in his Major League debut, Lively has a 4.62 ERA in his last five starts. He has never faced the Mets.