Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Michael Conforto's second solo homer of the game tied the score in the eighth and New York tacked on two more on RBI singles by Neil Walker and Curtis Granderson to give the Mets a come-from-behind win after blowing an early 4-0 lead.
2) Jay Bruce's two-run homer in the first, Conforto's first solo shot in the third and Wilmer Flores' sacrifice fly later in the inning gave the Mets a 4-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera singled three times and scored three runs, including the go-ahead tally in the eighth.
3) Rafael Montero allowed one run on one hit with two walks through four innings before unraveling in the fifth when he was charged with four runs on two hits, three walks and a wild pitch. Overall, Montero allowed five runs, three hits and five walks with five strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings.
4) Josh Edgin allowed a two-run single in the fifth that was charged to Montero, but Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Paul Sewald and Addison Reed combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings.
Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone...
Offensively, it was the Michael Conforto show, whose second solo homer seemed to wake up the Mets. New York did not have a baserunner following Bruce's walk with one out in the third through the seventh -- 14 consecutive hitters -- until Conforto tied the game leading off the eighth. The Mets followed with four more hits in the inning to win for just the third time all year when trailing after seven innings (3-40). Not a bad homecoming for Conforto, who grew up just outside Seattle.
It seemed like it would be a relatively easy win early, although that might be kind considering Montero was on the mound. Watching a majority of the Mets' pitchers this year has been a chore, but forcing yourself to sit through a Montero start should garner some type of medal. To be fair, he has pitched reasonably well since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 14, sporting a 3.34 ERA in seven appearances, including four starts, but tonight was a total regression to his previous M.O.
The bullpen looked strong again, enabling the Mets to weather through their middle-innings drought on offense by keeping it to a one-run game. Chances are the club is going to look quite a bit differently come Monday following the trade deadline, but it's nice to see they still have a never-say-die attitude... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
New York improved to 6-3 against the American League this season and scored five or more runs for the ninth time in 15 games since the All-Star break.
With three more home runs, the Mets upped their season total to 152. It's only the 16th time in the club's 57-year history they have hit at least 150 homers in a season.
Conforto has seven homers, 13 RBIs and 17 runs scored in 14 games since the All-Star break. He's homered twice in the same games five times this season.
Bruce is hitting .297 (22-for-74) with seven home runs and 17 RBIs in his last 18 games.
Reed saved his 13th consecutive game and collected his 19th in 21 opportunities overall.
Walker was activated from the disabled list after missing 37 games with a partial tear of his left hamstring and started at second base, going 1-for-4 with the go-ahead RBI single. Brandon Nimmo (collapsed lung) was also activated from the 10-day D.L. T.J. Rivera (partially torn UCL in right elbow) was placed on the disabled list and Tyler Pill was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets (48-53) go for the series win against the Mariners (51-53) at Safeco Field on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. on SNY.
Jacob deGrom (12-3, 3.30 ERA, 1.16 WHIP) takes the mound looking to win his ninth consecutive start, which would tie the club record. The right-hander allowed two runs and struck out eight over eight innings in a win against the Padres on Monday. DeGrom limited Seattle to one run over seven innings in his lone start against them in 2014.
Yovani Gallardo (4-7, 5.58 ERA 1.49 WHIP) makes his second start since he was re-inserted into the rotation following a month-long stint in the bullpen. The 31-year-old surrendered three runs over five innings in a no-decision against the Yankees on Sunday. Gallardo is 4-3 with a 3.19 ERA in 10 career starts against the Mets from 2009-2014 as a member of the Brewers.