Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) The Mets scored seven runs on eight hits in the first inning, bookended by Michael Conforto's leadoff homer and two-run single. Curtis Granderson and Wilmer Flores had a sacrifice fly and RBI single, respectively, and Lucas Duda hit a two-run double. Conforto went deep again in the fourth and Duda added an RBI single in the seventh.
2) Conforto notched his second multi-homer game of the season and drove in a career-high four runs. He and Duda both finished 3-for-4, while Flores and Neil Walker had two hits apiece.
3) Matt Harvey labored through five innings, but still managed to snap a six-start winless streak to earn his first victory since April 11 against Philadelphia. The right-hander allowed two runs on three hits and four walks and matched his season-high with six strikeouts. Harvey (3-3) walked at least four batters for the fourth time in five starts.
4) The victory was Terry Collins' 500th as Mets manager. He trails Davey Johnson (595) and Bobby Valentine (536) on the club's all-time list.
Post-game reaction from Michelle Ioannou...
Harvey Day. We used to automatically know this was a happy day. This is no longer the case.
The Mets did come out strong. Everyone contributed in the first inning -- even Matt Harvey advanced a runner. It was a much-needed fantastic start after a horrible loss on Sunday.
However, Harvey did not look very good and he quickly gave up two runs in the second. In the next inning, he walked the leadoff man, who just so happened to be the pitcher.
Needless to say, Harvey has still not proven himself like fans were hoping he would do. His control just isn't there. His mechanics are off. We can't count on him anymore to get the outs he used to get. Harvey lasted through five, and then the newly recalled Josh Smoker came in, and gave up a homer the first pitch he threw. Not a good look in the slightest.
You can't watch this game and not talk about Michael Conforto, though. The kid is on fire. Literally, the majority of the runs in tonight's game were attributed to him. Hey, remember that time he wasn't supposed to be on the Opening Day roster? That's entirely laughable at this point.
Also, important to note, that it can't be a Mets game unless Terry Collins makes a decision that doesn't make sense. Tonight's was his managing of the bullpen (typical), and bringing in Jerry Blevins in the top of the eighth when the Mets were up six runs. Come on, give Blevins a break. Don't wear him down now. This was just unnecessary. Why are we taxing the bullpen? Why do we continue to tax the bullpen? Whose arm is going to fall off first?
So many questions we may never have the answers to, but hey, at least the Mets won.
Highlights from tonight's game...
News and notes...
The Mets' seven-run first was their highest-scoring opening inning since Sept. 16, 2004 against the Braves. New York is averaging 6.4 runs per game in May.
The Mets are 7-3 in their last 10 games at Citi Field after beginning the season 4-10. They've won three of four after their seven-game losing streak.
Conforto has five homers and 10 RBIs in his last eight games and his 13 roundtrippers surpassed his previous career-high of 12 set last year in 109 games. His fourth leadoff home run is the most in the National League and is third in the Majors. Conforto is hitting .500 (12-for-24) with six homers, 11 RBIs and 14 runs scored in the first inning this season.
Flores has three multi-hit efforts in his last five games and is batting .436 (17-for-39) with six RBIs in his last 13 games.
Duda had gone 4-for-26 (.154) with no RBIs in nine games since returning from the disabled list on May 12 before his 3-for-4 game on Tuesday.
Harvey did not allow a homer for the first time since April 11 and for only the second time in nine starts. After striking out five batters in 16 2/3 innings over three starts from April 27-May 2, Harvey has fanned 17 in 15 1/3 frames in his last three outings.
Jay Bruce left the game after the bottom of the fifth with back tightness.
Hansel Robles was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon. Josh Smoker was recalled from Triple-A.
What they said after the game...
Conforto on this year's success and last year's struggles: "I take pride in how I handled the failure last year and coming back and making sure I put the work in and came back on the right side of it and used it as a positive. My confidence has always been there, it's just in a better direction. I took the clutter out of it, went back to playing the game I love and just kind of reacting out there."
Harvey on his first win since April 11: "A little shaky. We're going to continue to work, it's a work in progress, but I feel happy overall with the start especially with how I felt that fifth inning being able to keep our lead where it was."
The Mets (19-24) and Padres (16-31) continue their three-game series at Citi Field on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.
Robert Gsellman (2-3, 6.75 ERA, 1.73 WHIP) returns to the rotation for the first time since he surrendered six runs (five earned) in four-plus innings against the Brewers on May 13. The 23-year-old made two appearances in relief, allowing one run in three innings. Gsellman, who has surrendered at least five runs in four of his seven starts and owns a 9.00 ERA in his last four, has never faced San Diego.
Jarred Cosart (0-1, 2.70 ERA, 1.50 WHIP) makes his fourth start and second since returning from a month-long stint on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. He allowed one run over five innings in a no-decision against the Brewers in his first start back last Thursday. Cosart has six no-decisions and a 3.12 ERA in six career starts against the Mets, including a 3.38 mark in two outings last year.