Mets OF Michael Conforto helped lead the Mets' seven-run effort on Saturday night with a three-run home run in the fifth inning.
Conforto's blast, which drove in Jose Bautista and Asdrubal Cabrera, gave the Mets a 6-0 lead over the Nationals.
"I got just enough of it," Conforto said after the game. "I think I got a good pitch to hit with two strikes, tried to stay short and put a good swing on it, not try to do too much. It's funny how that ends up turning into a home run. I'm going to try to do more of that and just keep working hard."
It was Conforto's first home run since June 16 and his 11th of the season. Five of his home runs this season have come with runners on base.
"I'm just trying to be on time with everything," he said. "That means hitting the ball where it's pitched, that means spraying it, doing the things that I did last year to be successful."
Manager Mickey Callaway hopes Conforto's home run can help jumpstart his second half.
"When he goes and clicks a homer like that, it gives you confidence," Callaway said. "You're clicking the ball out in front of the plate. Your timing is better and one big hit, one big homer, can get you on a roll.""
Conforto is hitting .218 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI in 34 games this season for the Mets.