Robinson Cano's bat stayed hot after knocking a two-run homer in the eighth inning game-winning home run on Saturday. Cano had four hits on Sunday in the Mets' 6-2 win over the Marlins. >> Box score
Five things to know from Sunday's game
1) It only took one pitch for the Mets' offense to get going. Jeff McNeil knocked the first throw from Marlins pitcher Sandy Alcantara over the right field fence, giving his team the early lead. McNeil has notched a hit in each game this series against the Marlins, including a two-hit outing on Saturday. McNeil entered Sunday's game batting .350, which leads the National League. McNeil also hit a first-pitch homer on July 3 against the Yankees this year.
2) Robinson Cano could be changing his fortunes on the road this year. Cano carried his home run momentum into Sunday, as he nearly hit for the cycle with four hits on the day. Cano doubled, singled, knocked a solo home run, and then singled again against the defensive shift in his final plate appearance.
3) The Mets brought the wheels to the clubhouse. On the bases, several runners made smart, hustle decisions to help add to the lead. In the Mets' two-run fourth inning, Cano scored when Adeiny Hechavarria hit a ground ball to shortstop Miguel Rojas, who first looked to throw Cano out at home, but opted to throw for the out at first thanks to a good jump from Cano. Later in the frame, Michael Conforto hit a soft ground ball to second base with the bases loaded and beat out Starlin Castro's throw, scoring Todd Frazier. On the Mets' lone run in the sixth inning, Hechavarria hustled his way from first to third on a Luis Guillorme ground ball to right field. Hechavarria then scored on an error. Even Wilson Ramos legged out an infield hit to third during the win.
4) Jacob deGrom had a modest start for his high standards. He exited the game after five innings and 94 pitches thrown. He allowed only one run on on six hits and he struck out six batters. That is his lowest amount of punch outs in a single game since his May 27 start against the Dodgers (2).
5) In the end, it was Seth Lugo to the rescue for the Mets' bullpen and it only took him five pitches. In the sixth inning, Justin Wilson kept deGrom's pace up, getting the Mets out of the frame. Jeurys Familia can't say the same for the seventh inning. Familia did get the first out of the inning, but then he loaded the bases as Rojas singled and then Neil Walker and Garrett Cooper both walked. Skipper Mickey Callaway saw enough, and went to Lugo, who also pitched on Saturday. It was the third time this season that Lugo saw action on back-to-back days. Lugo successfully got the Mets out of the jam though, striking out Brian Anderson and forcing Castro into a ground out. Robert Gsellman finished the final two innings of the game, allowing three hits, including a late solo home run to Cooper.
The Mets have Monday off and return to the diamond on Tuesday in Minnesota against the Twins (58-33). Zack Wheeler (6-6, 4.69 ERA) is projected to start against Michael Pineda (6-4, 4.56 ERA)