Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Michael Conforto, Yoenis Cespedes and Travis d'Arnaud homered in the first two innings as the Mets jumped out to 4-0 lead. Asdrubal Cabrera had an RBI double in the seventh after the Rangers had cut the deficit to, 4-3. Conforto walked twice and reached safely three times.
2) Chris Flexen was charged with three runs over a career-high 5 2/3 innings to notch his first Major League win in his Citi Field debut. The right-hander allowed four hits -- including a pair of solo homers to Joey Gallo and Adrian Beltre -- and three walks with four strikeouts. He also picked up his first big league hit with a double in the fifth.
3) Erik Goeddel allowed an inherited runner to score in the sixth, but combined with Jerry Blevins to toss 2 1/3 scoreless innings. AJ Ramos allowed a solo homer to Robinson Chirinos in the ninth but picked up his 21st save of the season and first with the Mets.
Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone...
The Mets played the long ball game early and thankfully for Flexen, it proved just enough to get him his first Major League win. Saying his start was an improvement would be an obvious statement after his first two big league outings, but the 23-year-old was solid and deserved his first W.
Offensively, it's clear that Conforto is the future linchpin of this club's offense. His approach has lent itself to the type of hitter the Mets expected he would be when they drafted him out of Oregon State in 2014. But even expecting positive contributions from him, I'm not so sure 23 home runs this early in his career was on the agenda...but I'll take it.
Truly, it's a pleasure to watch Conforto at the plate. He has that sweet left-handed swing, and the difference between his approach, patience and confidence from last year is striking. Then again, it's also why he became an All-Star at 24 years of age... >> To follow Michael on Twitter, click here.
Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
Conforto's sixth leadoff home run was the Mets Major League-leading 10th of the season. Since 2015, New York's 27 leadoff homers are the most in the Majors.
The six leadoff home runs by Conforto are tied with Jose Reyes (2006) for the second-most in franchise history. Curtis Granderson hit seven in 2015 and 2016. The 24-year-old has gone deep nine times since the All-Star break.
Cespedes' home run was his first at Citi Field since June 17. D'Arnaud's blast was his first in 79 at-bats and first at home since Aug. 12, 2016.
Flexen (1-1) had not pitched past the third inning in either of his first two big league starts. He had allowed eight earned runs, 13 hits and four walks in six combined frames.
Neil Walker made his first Major League start at first base.
The Mets (50-60) and Rangers (53-59) wrap up their two-game series at Citi Field on Wednesday at 12 p.m. on SNY.
Rafael Montero (1-7, 5.78 ERA, 1.77 WHIP) takes the mound looking to snap a five-start winless streak dating back to June 25. The right-hander allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rockies last Thursday. Montero has never faced the Rangers.
Martin Perez (5-10, 5.46 ERA 1.67 WHIP) looks to rebound from two disastrous starts in which he's allowed 15 runs on 18 hits in nine innings. The southpaw has one win in his last seven outings. This will be his first start against the Mets.