A home run barrage broke out at Citi Field on Saturday, with the Mets and Nationals combining for seven home runs, but it was a line drive single off the bat of Keon Broxton in the eighth inning that proved to be the difference in a wild, resilient 6-5 victory over the Nationals. >> Box score
Five things to know about Saturday's game
1) All seemed lost for the Mets after Jeurys Familia blew an eighth-inning lead but the Mets jumped right back into the game in the bottom half of the inning with back-to-back home runs by Pete Alonso and Robinson Cano to tie the game back up at 5. It was Alonso's first Citi Field home run and Cano's shot landed near the Shea Bridge to send his new fans into a frenzy.
2) The home runs from Alonso and Cano helped set the stage for Broxton's heroics. The Mets outfielder laced a two-out, RBI single into right-center field to give the Mets a 6-5 lead en route to victory.
3) Familia was the pitcher of record but the dramatic eighth inning was needed because of him. The righthanded reliever blew a 3-1 lead, allowing two home runs to Anthony Rendon and Wilmer Difo that put the Nationals up 5-3.
He also allowed an inherited runner to score with two outs in the seventh, but that was mostly on Wilson Ramos, who failed to located a passed ball in the dirt which allowed Victor Robles to score from second base.
4) J.D. Davis quickly became a fan favorite with two solo home runs, both giving the Mets a lead at the time. His first home run came in the third inning when he laced a ball 114.7 mph over the center field wall for the hardest-hit home run in the majors this year, per Statcast. His second home run broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth when he blasted a 2-1 fastball 446 feet into the second deck in left field. He finished the day 3-for-3 at the plate.
5) Michael Conforto hit his first home run of the season two batters after Davis' second shot to put the Mets up 3-1. Conforto lifted a 1-2 slider 413 feet into the second deck in right field. He also scored the go-ahead run after a two-out double kept the eighth inning alive.
6) Steven Matz had a bend don't break day on the mound. The southpaw labored through a 27-pitch first inning, walking two batters but also struck out two and escaped the inning unscathed. He put the first two men on base in the second inning but finally settled down and finished with five scoreless innings and eight strikeouts and allowed just two hits but walked four.
The Mets face the Nationals on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. as RHP Zack Wheeler takes the mound against Washington ace RHP Max Scherzer.