The Mets hit a bunch of homers and took advantage of lots of shoddy defense by the Twins to sweep their two-game set on Wednesday afternoon in Minnesota >> Box score
Five things to know about Wednesday's game
1) With two outs in the top of the eighth and New York leading, 5-3, the Twins gave the Mets a gift when left fielder Eddie Rosario dropped what should've been a routine fly out by Adeiny Hechavarria. Two runs scored on the error as the Mets extended their lead to 7-3. Jeff McNeil then followed with an RBI double before Dominic Smith's RBI single made it 9-3, New York. Pete Alonso -- who had gone 0-for-4 up to that point -- then demolished a 474 foot two-run homer to the second level of the upper deck in left field to make it 11-3. The Mets added three runs against Twins position player Ehire Adrianza in the ninth inning.
2) With the Mets down, 3-2, and runners on second and third with one out in the seventh inning, Dominic Smith -- pinch-hitting for J.D. Davis -- lifted a three-run homer to right field to put them ahead, 5-3.
3) Trailing 1-0 in the third inning, Amed Rosario hit a long solo homer to left field to tie things up. After Nelson Cruz hit a homer in the bottom of the frame that dropped into the first row of seats in left field, the Mets tied things in the top of the fourth on Todd Frazier's double play grounder. The Mets wasted a huge opportunity, though, with Frazier's double play coming on a 1-0 pitch with the bases loaded and no one out against a struggling Martin Perez.
4) Rosario had another big game, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored, three RBI and a walk.
5) Jason Vargas turned in a solid performance against a team that ordinarily crushes left-handed pitchers. In 6.0 innings of work, Vargas allowed three runs on five hits (including two home runs) while walking one and striking out four. His ERA for the season is now at 4.25. Jeurys Familia entered in the seventh inning and worked around a leadoff single by getting a strikeout and double play.
The Mets open a four-game series against the Giants in San Francisco on Thursday night at 9:45 on SNY.
Noah Syndergaard (4.55 ERA/3.81 FIP and 1.24 WHIP in 112.2 innings) starts for the Mets, opposed by Madison Bumgarner (3.86 ERA/3.80 FIP and 1.22 WHIP in 116.2 innings) for the Giants.