The Mets were on the verge of being shut out by the Phillies on Saturday night when Michael Conforto hit a go-ahead home run -- and he knew the team needed it badly.
"That's a big one," Conforto said of the team's series-opening win. "They're all big, but coming off a few tough series, we needed that one big."
Conforto's home run helped spark the Mets' offense after the team failed to score a run for the first eight innings of the game. Friday's starter, Steven Matz, labored through some difficult innings but ultimately kept his composure and completed five innings while allowing just one run to keep the Mets in the game.
"The biggest thing was to make a pitch when it mattered," Matz said after his outing. "I could have let it get away from me today."
Catcher Devin Mesoraco, who hit his first home run as a Met during the team's come-from-behind ninth inning, said Matz didn't have his best stuff but was able to get the job done.
"He beared down and made pitches when he had to," said Mesoraco. "He really battled, and that's what you've got to do."
The win was especially important for manager Mickey Callaway after a rough series in Cincinnati. The Mets' manager said the team "needed that feeling," but conceded that there is still much more work to do.
Still, Conforto said it was a culmination of weeks of adjustments and working in the batting cage to get back on track.
"The past couple series have been uncharacteristic of this team," he said. "We're much better than that, so hopefully this win gives us a jumpstart."