The Mets finally produced the offensive explosion they've been needing for a while, putting up eight runs in the first inning of their 11-2 rout of the Marlins Friday night in Flushing. >> Box score
Six things to know about Friday's game...
1) After a rough road trip, the Mets came up with a refreshing offensive onslaught. Their first eight hitters of the game all reached base, and Amed Rosario broke the game open with a grand slam to right-center to put the Mets up 7-0. Rosario now has 24 RBI this season. The Mets' 11 runs matched their season-high run total; they scored 11 in the second game of the season against the Nationals. The Mets sent 13 batters to the plate in the first. The eight runs were the most the Mets have scored in the first inning at home in 40 years.
2) Jeff McNeil got it all started with a bunt single. He was thrown out at third on J.D. Davis' single, but that didn't hamper the Mets' inning. After Robinson Canó singled, Davis scored on a wild pitch. A Pete Alonso walk and Michael Conforto single loaded the bases before Wilson Ramos beat out an infield hit -- yes, you read that right -- to put the Mets up 2-0. Rosario followed Brandon Nimmo's RBI walk with the grand slam. Canó added an RBI single for the final run of the inning.
3) Conforto extended the Mets' lead in the third with a solo shot into the second deck in right field, his seventh home run of the season. Conforto finished 3-for-3 with a walk. After the Marlins scored twice in the third, McNeil launched a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the third. McNeil (2-for-3) was one of five Mets with multi-hit games, joining Cano (2-for-4,) Ramos (2-for-5) and Davis (3-for-5.)
4) The big breakout by the offense made things easy for Zack Wheeler, who for the second straight start allowed two runs in seven innings with double-digit strikeouts, this time matching his season-high with 11 strikeouts.
5) One of the Marlins runs was scored by former Met Curtis Granderson, who scored when another former Met, Neil Walker, drove him in with a single.
6) Tyler Bashlor pitched a scoreless eighth with a strikeout and Daniel Zamora tossed a scoreless ninth to put a bow on the Mets' big victory.
The Mets continue their three-game set against the Marlins Saturday at 7:10 p.m. RHP Jacob deGrom (2-4, 3.60 ERA) will start for the Mets while RHP Sandy Alcantara (1-3, 4.93 ERA) draws the start for Miami.