The Mets rallied from an early deficit and defeated the Marlins, 5-2, to complete a sweep of Thursday's doubleheader at Citi Field.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) After belting a game-tying homer in the ninth inning in the first game, Michael Conforto doubled, singled and drove in three runs in the nightcap. He hit .333 (10-for-30) with four homers, two doubles and 10 RBIs in seven games during the homestand. His 11 home runs since Aug. 12 are tied with the Braves Ronald Acuna for the most in the Majors in that span.
2) Tomas Nido hit his first big league homer and Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with a run scored. The shortstop has two three-hit performances and six multi-hit efforts in his last 13 starts.
3) Jason Vargas surrendered a two-run homer to Miguel Rojas and nothing else over six innings. The southpaw surrendered three hits, walked two and struck out seven. Vargas (6-9) has won four of his last five starts dating to Aug. 19 and has a 3.09 ERA in his last six outings.
4) Seth Lugo struck out five over two scoreless innings and Robert Gsellman worked around a walk in the ninth to earn his 11th save.
News and notes...
The Mets have won nine of their last 12 and are 24-15 (.615) their last 39 games. They are 36-30 (.545) since July 1 and 9-1-2 in their last 12 series after finishing the homestand 5-2. It was the Mets' first doubleheader sweep of the Marlins since Aug. 29, 2011
New York has hit 13 homers in its last seven games and 42 in its last 31 contests.
Vargas was the Marlins' second-round pick in the 2004 draft. He went 6-7 with a 5.25 ERA in 29 appearances -- 18 starts -- with Miami in 2005-06.
Rosario is batting .331 (43-for-130) with 13 extra-base hits, 24 runs scored, 17 RBIs and seven stolen bases over his last 30 games.
The Mets (68-78) visit Fenway Park for a three-game series with the Red Sox (101-46) beginning Friday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Noah Syndergaard (11-3, 3.44 ERA/2.70 FIP, 132 K's, 1.278 WHIP) comes off his ninth win in 11 decisions despite allowing four runs and a career-high 17 baserunners over 6 2/3 innings against the Phillies last Saturday. After surrendering three runs or fewer in 13 consecutive starts, he has yielded four or more runs four times in his last seven outings. Syndergaard faced the Red Sox in 2015 and allowed four runs over 5 2/3 innings.
Hector Velazquez (7-3, 3.30 ERA/4.34 FIP, 48 K's, 1.500 WHIP) makes his eighth start of the season in the series opener after pitching in relief his last outing. The 29-year-old started Sept. 5 against the Braves and was charged with two runs in four innings. He is 2-2 with a 4.00 ERA and 1.630 WHIP in seven starts this season. Velazquez has never faced the Mets.