With the lowly Marlins in town, the Mets are taking advantage as they won their second straight Saturday night, this one a 4-1 victory. >> Box score
Six things to know about Saturday's game...
1) Jacob deGrom had yet another strong outing, allowing just one run in seven innings on five hits and a walk while striking out eight to earn his third win of the season. His ERA fell from 3.60 to 3.26 as he went seven innings while allowing no more than two runs for the third straight start. DeGrom hasn't given up more than five hits in any of his last five starts. There shouldn't be any concerns left about deGrom after his April hiccups. He looks locked in. Surprisingly, the one run he allowed came via a double from Miami pitcher Sandy Alcantara in the third.
2) DeGrom also helped himself at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI single, which extended the Mets' lead to 4-1 in the sixth inning. He's now hitting .250 with two RBI this season.
3) Michael Conforto looks like he could be turning things around. After a big night Friday, he went 2-for-3 Saturday with a homer, two RBI and a walk. After Pete Alonso's solo home run broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth, Conforto made it back-to-back homers. Conforto also tied the game in the fourth inning, driving in Robinson Canó with a single. Conforto has eight homers after homering both Friday and Saturday. In his last two games he's 5-for-6 with three RBI, four runs and two walks. Before Friday, Conforto had gone 16 appearances without a home run, during which he hit just .163.
4) Alonso took advantage of a hanging breaking ball from Alcantara and blasted it over the fence in right-center. The sensational rookie is up to 12 homers and 32 RBI, both of which lead the team. It was just his second home run off a starting pitcher. His home runs continue to come in big spots, this one breaking a tie in the sixth and giving deGrom a chance to get the win.
5) Edwin Díaz pitched for the first time since Tuesday and earned his 10th save of the season. It's been a bit rocky for Díaz over his last few appearances, and that held true Saturday. After easily getting the first two outs including one strikeout, he issues a two-out walk and then gave up a hit on a grounder which Amed Rosario slid at and couldn't field before inducing a lineout to end the game.
6) Seth Lugo also worked for the first time since Tuesday and pitched a perfect eighth inning with a strikeout. He is on a streak of 11.1 scoreless innings.
The Mets finish their three-game set against the Marlins Sunday at 1:10 p.m. RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-3, 5.14) is set to start the series finale Sunday at 1:10 p.m. while LHP Caleb Smith (3-0, 2.11) will pitch for Miami.