Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Jay Bruce put the Mets on the board in the first inning with a three-run homer, the first of three home runs on the night for New York. Seth Lugo hit his first career home run in the third inning and Jose Reyes added a solo shot in the eighth inning to extend the Mets' lead to 9-3. Lucas Duda had a double and two RBIs, Travis d'Arnaud went 1-for-4 with an RBI, and T.J. Rivera added a hit and RBI for the Mets.
2) Lugo allowed three runs on seven hits in six and 2/3 innings to earn his fourth win of the season. He held the Rockies scoreless for the first five innings before allowing a pair of runs in the sixth and another in the seventh. Paul Sewald, Jerry Blevins, and Addison Reed were perfect in relief.
3) Yoenis Cespedes left the game in the sixth inning after sliding awkwardly on a ball hit to the outfield.
Highlights from the game
News and notes...
The Mets beat the Rockies for the 100th time in franchise history. With the Mets' win on Saturday, they now have a .660 winning percentage against Colorado at home -- the best against any team at home in franchise history.
The Mets have won five of their last six games at Citi Field and the team is now 10-6 in the last 16 games.
T.J. Rivera's RBI single extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He is hitting .444 with four doubles, three homers, and 10 RBIs during the streak.
Bruce's home run in the first inning was his fourth in six games. He has hit safely in six consecutive games and is batting .346 during that timeframe.
The Mets have won 11 of the last 13 starts by Lugo. His home run in the third inning marked the second time this season a Mets pitcher hit his first career home run. Jacob deGrom went deep against the Nationals on June 18.
What they said after the game...
Lugo on his home run: "Everyone hits a home run, you take off your helmet and get a low five. I always looked forward to that. I knew I was going to hit a home run some time, but I had to give them to myself."
The Mets (41-47) will wrap up their series with the Rockies (52-41) at Citi Field on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.
Steven Matz (2-2, 3.05 ERA) will try to rebound after a rough outing before the All-Star break. He allowed five runs on seven hits against the Cardinals and could not make it out of the fifth inning. Prior to that start, he had a 17-inning scoreless streak.
Jeff Hoffman (5-1, 4.15 ERA) will start for the Rockies. He has pitched seven innings in back-to-back starts and has posted a 3.92 ERA in his last three starts. In his most recent start on July 8, he allowed four runs on seven hits against the White Sox.