The Mets hit a season-high five homers to back Jacob deGrom, who struck out 12 during an 8-5 win over the Yankees on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) Amed Rosario started the Mets' home run barrage with his first career leadoff blast. Jose Bautista and Todd Frazier also went deep before Brandon Nimmo and Michael Conforto connected on consecutive homers in the seventh. The Mets entered Monday's game with 10 home runs in 11 games this month. Jeff McNeil added an RBI single in the Mets' two-run opening frame.
2) Although not dominant, deGrom (7-7) held the Yankees' potent offense at bay through 6 2/3 innings to pick up his second straight win. The right-hander allowed three runs -- two earned -- on five hits and two walks while striking out 12 for his second straight double-digit strikeout performance, his third in five starts and his seventh of the season and 28th of his career. It was the first time deGrom won consecutive starts since his first two outings of the season.
3) The top three in the Mets' batting order -- Rosario, Nimmo and Conforto -- each had multi-hit games and combined to go 6-for-13 with two homers, three RBIs, five runs, a walk and a stolen base. Austin Jackson, McNeil and Frazier each chipped in with two hits for the Mets, who totaled 15 in the game, including six for extra-bases.
4) Seth Lugo surrendered a two-run homer to Miguel Andujar in the eighth before Robert Gsellman pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
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It was a flashback of sorts for the Mets on Monday. A flashback to the late runs of 2015 and 2016 ... and to the first two weeks of the season, which seems to be another lifetime. A relentless and power-filled offense backing up the ace on the mound. That's the blueprint the Mets entered the season with. A blueprint that was ripped to shreds after one of the best starts in franchise history fizzled in a matter of weeks.
But for one night, at least, the Mets and their fans could enjoy a relatively easy win over the Yankees. It's amazing to say it, but despite 12 strikeouts and two earned runs allowed in 6 2/3 innings, deGrom wasn't at his best on the mound. And that's not hyperbole or false praise, either. He has been so dominant for so long that it's actually considered a bit of a subpar outing when he gives up more than one run while adding in a double-digit strikeout total to boot. But that's the type of year deGrom has had.
He still has seven weeks to go, but to date, it's been one of the best years by a Mets hurler in franchise history.
News and notes...
The Mets have won six of nine overall and finished 3-3 against the Yankees this season, winning two of three in the Bronx. It marked the third time the Mets have won a series at the new Yankee Stadium since it opened in 2009.
After going four straight games without a home run, the Mets have gone deep seven times in their last two games.
DeGrom extended his streak of holding opposing teams to three runs or less to 21 consecutive starts, four behind Dwight Gooden's single-season franchise record set in 1985.
The Yankees had two hits with runners in scoring position and two outs off deGrom. He entered Monday's start having holding opponents to a .132 (7-for-53) mark in those situations.
Frazier is hitting .333 (8-for-24) with a homer and five RBIs during a six-game hitting streak. His home run was his first since July 4.
Bautista's 340th career long ball tied Jack Clark for 98th on baseball's all-time list. He is sixth among active players in career home runs, trailing Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Miguel Cabrera, Edwin Encarnacion and Nelson Cruz.
Prior to the game, the Mets recalled Tim Pederson and Jack Reinheimer from Triple-A. Jacob Rhame and Luis Guillorme were optioned to Las Vegas.
The Mets (50-66) travel to Baltimore for a two-game set with the MLB-worst Orioles (35-84) beginning Tuesday night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Jason Vargas (2-8, 8.75 ERA/6.09 FIP, 43 K, 1.838 WHIP) opens the series after recording one out before a lengthy rain delay forced him from his previous start last Tuesday against the Reds. Vargas was charged with three runs and suffered his fifth straight loss. The 35-year-old is winless since May 30 and has a 9.31 ERA in three starts spanning 9 1/3 innings since he returned from the disabled list with a strained calf. Vargas' losing streak began with a loss to the Orioles on June 5 when he surrendered two runs in five innings. The southpaw is 2-5 with a 2.33 ERA in 10 career starts against Baltimore.
Andrew Cashner (3-10, 4.83 ERA/4.87 FIP, 88 Ks, 1.512 WHIP) gets the call looking to build off one of his better starts of the season. The 31-year-old surrendered three runs -- one earned -- over a season-high tying seven innings last Wednesday in Tampa Bay. That came after Cashner allowed 10 runs in 1 2/3 frames in an Aug. 2 matchup with the Rangers. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.18 ERA in nine career outings -- four starts -- against the Mets, who he has not faced since 2016.