Jason Vargas pitched his best game in a Mets' uniform, tossing a five-hit shutout, while Robinson Cano left the game early during the Mets' 7-0 win over the Giants on Wednesday. >> Box score
Five things to know from Wednesday's game
1) Vargas had his second-consecutive brilliant start for the Mets on Wednesday. After lasting seven innings just one time in 2018, Vargas has now accomplished that feat in each of his last two starts. The lefty pitched a five-hit shutout, only allowing one runner to pass first base, while striking out eight batters. He is quickly becoming the most consistent starter in the Mets' rotation.
2) Cano made his return to the lineup on Wednesday, but it did not go as planned. After grounding into a double play to end the third inning (and limping all the way to first as he ran), Cano was later pulled from the game after the fourth inning. Adeiny Hechavarria replaced Cano in the lineup, and Hechavarria would go on to homer in the seventh inning.
3) Jeff McNeil did a great job of setting the table for the Mets out of the leadoff spot. He went 3-5 with a run scored on Wednesday, raising his batting average to .337 on the season.
4) Pete Alonso had a quiet night at the plate for the Mets, but he had a very nice defensive night. On three occasions, Alonso came up with a big scoop at first base to save his fellow infielders from taking errors.
5) The Mets blasted three home runs on Wednesday night. Hechavarria, Michael Conforto, and Amed Rosario all went deep in the win. The Mets have now homered in 12-straight games at Citi Field.
The Mets finish their three-game set with the Giants on Thursday afternoon. Zack Wheeler (5-3, 4.68 ERA) squares off against Giants RHP Shaun Anderson (1-1, 4.09 ERA) at 12:10 p.m. on SNY.