Gabriel Ynoa pitched into the fifth inning and Michael Conforto's two-run single in the first helped the Mets complete a three-game sweep of the Twins, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field.
In case you missed it…
- With the bases loaded and nobody out in the first, Conforto hit a single to left that gave the Mets a quick 2-0 lead. T.J. Rivera added to the lead in the third with his second career home run.
- The Mets wasted several opportunities to blow the game open. Following Conforto's two-run single in the first, New York re-loaded the bases with nobody out but came away empty. They loaded the bases again in the sixth with no one out and could not score. During the three games, the Mets went 4-for-24 (.167) with runners in scoring position
- Ynoa allowed one run on four hits and a walk while punching out a career-high eight batters in 4 2/3 innings. He was removed from the game after allowing a two-out single to Brian Dozier. The Twins loaded the bases but Erik Goeddel (2-1) struck out Kenny Vargas to end the threat.
- Fernando Salas allowed a solo homer and a single in the eighth, but Jerry Blevins recorded the final out and then struck out two in the ninth to secure his second save in three appearances.
- Yoenis Cespedes doubled in two plate appearances but was lifted prior to the seventh inning with dizziness and nausea.
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Terry Collins on other players stepping up: "You've got to have guys (who), when they get the opportunity, they come through. T.J. Rivera's an example. Conforto in the first inning. Hey look, somebody else has got to help. When you are called upon and it's your chance to get in the lineup, make the most of it. ... When things are going good, guys want to be a part of it, and the focus is a little bit better and the execution is a little bit better. That's what you saw today."
Blevins on the Mets win: "This is our season in a nutshell. We take the first two games in the series, give our guys a day off, and the guys behind go in and do their thing. That's been the New York Mets this year."
Conforto on his two-run single: "I think it was big for me to go the other way and not try to do too much in that situation, kind of slow the game down a little bit and take what is given to me. It was big for me, and I am growing a bit. … Nothing's a given. I want to focus on today and tomorrow and the at-bats that I'm going to get in the future. Obviously, I want to be there come the playoffs, but I really have to take care of business, do my job. The rest will take care of itself.''
News and notes…
- The Mets are 12-4 in their last 16 games at Citi Field and have won 20 of 27 overall since Aug. 20. They have averaged 4.7 runs per game and the staff has posted a 2.92 ERA in that span.
- New York swept Minnesota for the first time and have defeated the Twins seven consecutive times dating back to 2010.
- Ynoa went 12-5 with a 3.97 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in 25 starts at Triple-A Las Vegas this season.
- Rivera went 2-for-4 and has 10 hits in his last 21 at-bats (.476).
- Prior to his two-hit game, Conforto had hit .133 (2-for-15) with five strikeouts since Sep. 1.
- Lucas Duda was in the starting lineup for the first time since May 20 and went 0-for-2 before he was pinch-hit for in the sixth. Juan Lagares also made his first appearance since July 28 as a defensive replacement in the ninth.
The Mets (80-69) will continue their 10-game homestand as they welcome the Braves (57-91) to Citi Field on Monday evening at 7:10 p.m. ET on PIX11. Noah Syndergaard (13-8, 2.43 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) kicks off the series for New York having posted a 1.36 ERA while striking out 42 in his last six starts. Atlanta sends struggling rookie Aaron Blair (0-6, 8.23 ERA, 1.77 WHIP) to the mound in the opener. The 24-year-old has an 8.04 ERA in three starts against the Mets this season.