The key for Dominic Smith was keeping an even-keeled approach, he said following the Mets' 11-4 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
Smith was less than 24 hours removed from costing the Mets a gem of a game from pitcher Jacob deGrom.
Pablo Sandoval blooped a ball into shallow left field in the 10th inning and Smith miscommunicated with shortstop Amed Rosario on the play. The ball fell to the ground and the Giants' Alex Dickerson, hustling around the bases on the play, crossed home plate for the walk-off win.
On Saturday, Smith played like it never even happened.
Smith led the Mets with four RBI en route to the blow out. Those four came via a solo home run to break the stalemate in the second inning, along with two singles. The first single was in the fourth inning, as Smith's ground ball to center field scored Todd Frazier after he tripled and then in the final frame, the Mets added three more insurance runs. Two were complements of a Smith hit with the bases loaded.
"Yeah, it feels good," Smith said. "That's just how baseball is, you can't get too high, you can't get too low. I just wanted to turn the page from last night, obviously I cost us the game. That's something that none of us in here wants to do."
"The team played well, it was fun," he added.
Coming into the game, the Mets were struggling offensive in their series against the Giants. Mets hitters scored only two runs in the previous 26 innings in the first two games, both of which went to extra innings.
Smith said the team was motivated to help out the pitching staff a little more on Saturday.
"It's always fun when you go out there and jump on a pitcher early and just get a team win. We've been playing well, the pitching has been doing their thing and we weren't able to get any runs," Smith said. "We just wanted to help them out because they're carrying their part. Today, we were about to jump on them early and keep building the lead. That's what good teams do."
The Mets and Giants will wrap their four-game series on Sunday with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m.