Yoenis Cespedes' grand slam capped a 12-run third inning as the Mets cut down the Giants, 13-1, in the opener of their three-game series on Friday night at Citi Field. >> Read the full AP recap at SNY.tv.
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The 12 runs scored in the third inning set a new franchise record for the Mets. The previous high was 11 set on July 16, 2006 against the Cubs. New York sent 15 batters to the plate in the third, collecting eight hits and four walks. Michael Conforto, Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson and Neil Walker drove in the other six runs in the inning. Conforto and Cespedes both had two hits in the inning.
Making his first start since April 22, Cespedes went 2-for-4 and has an extra-base hit in nine straight games, a franchise record. His six RBIs in one inning also established a new club record.
Conforto had an RBI double and a RBI single in the third, extending his streak of reaching base safely to 16 straight games. 5. He's hitting .380 with 12 runs scored, eight doubles, three home runs and 12 RBIs in his last 13 games.
Steven Matz worked around 10 baserunners to pitch six shutout innings for his third straight win. Since allowing seven runs in 1 2/3 innings in his first start of the year, the left-hander has a 0.92 ERA (two runs in 19 2/3 innings) in his last three starts.
Regis Couremanche: What started off as a sluggish game by Matz and Jake Peavy turned into a historic night for the Mets who have now won seven straight.
Walks doomed Peavy early and he got the hook just before the floodgates opened completely. I loved a lot of things about their 12-run 3rd inning, but the opposite field hitting from Conforto, Cespedes and Cabrera shows how versatile this team is when they're not hitting the long ball. Then it happened. Yo's grand slam capped things off and the place exploded! Wish I was there for that. His six RBIs that inning are also a Mets record.
Matz, my fellow Long Islander, battled out of a few jams tonight through six scoreless innings. He wasn't all that sharp and pitched up in the zone but was able to get it done after being given a crazy lead early.
It's just so awesome to see the Mets picking up where they left off last year. Maybe I'm jaded but I still pinch myself that I'm watching an amazing team right now and am totally enjoying this. Happy Birthday, Gary and feel better, Keith! >> To Follow Regis on Twitter, click here.
Anthony De Rosa: The one bright spot tonight for Giants fans was they were likely able to make alternate Friday evening plans before the 4th inning. In the 3rd, the Mets unloaded a 45 minute barrage of offense, as 15 batters stepped to the plate.
Conforto, Walker and Cabrera each hit a double in the inning. Cespedes capped off the wild 3rd with a Grand Slam, a gift for birthday boys Jerry Seinfeld and Gary Cohen. Matz delivered his third straight solid start, though his pitch count ran long, hitting around 72 by the 4th. He managed to make it through six, before handing it over to Blevins, Verrett and Bastardo.
The Mets pen has been outstanding of late, allowing just three earned runs over their last 22.1 innings. The Mets and deGrom will get a late afternoon start tomorrow, facing the once dominant but now struggling Matt Cain. Until then, sleep well, Hunter Pence and your night light >> To follow Anthony on Twitter, click here.
- Terry Collins on the Mets' 12-run inning: "I'm sitting there and I looked up and I'm thinking, my gosh, we've had 11 guys up there and there's one out, that's pretty amazing…It was just, again, one of those freaky things you don't every expect to have against a team as good as the Giants… It seemed like everything we hit went into a gap somewhere. You never know what to expect. I just thought our at-bats were really great."
- Cespedes on his hot start: "The way that I felt last year is how I wanted to carry over into this year. I feel at home here. … When I hit it, I knew it was gone. But when I went to the plate my job was to make contact."
- Kevin Plawecki on Cespedes: "You never know what's going to happen when Ces is up there. You never know what you'll see on any given night."
News and notes
- Since starting the season 2-5, the Mets are 12-2 and have won seven straight games overall.
- The Mets finished 3-3 against the Giants last year, with both clubs winning two of three on the road. New York has not won a series from San Francisco at home since 2010, losing five straight series, going 6-12 since 2011.
- The Mets' 29 home runs since April 15 are the most in baseball. Their 31 homers are fifth in the majors.
The Mets (14-7) and Giants (12-12) continue their three-game series at Citi Field on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET on SNY. Jacob deGrom (2-0, 1.54 ERA) makes his third start of the season against San Francisco right-hander Matt Cain (0-2, 6.43 ERA).