Things you should know about tonight's game...
1) The Mets scored seven times and collected 11 of their 20 hits in the first two innings. Yoenis Cespedes slugged a two-run homer in New York's six-run second, his eighth of the season, and Lucas Duda went deep for the 13th time with a solo shot in the seventh.
2) Asdrubal Cabrera, Wilmer Flores, Michael Conforto, Cespedes and Duda each collected three hits. Cespedes paced the Mets with three RBIs while Flores, Conforto and Duda drove in two runs apiece. Curtis Granderson notched his third straight multi-hit game and added an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
3) Seth Lugo allowed one run over the first five innings before surrendering three in the sixth. The right-hander was charged with four runs on seven hits and three walks with two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Lugo kicked off the Mets' six-run second with an RBI double.
Post-game reaction from Michael Avallone...
Considering what the Mets went through in Los Angeles and also before Friday's game with Cabrera's trade demand, Friday night was a welcome relief, if only for a few hours. The offense was relentless against Giants starter Ty Blach, notching 11 hits and seven runs in the first two innings. Overall, New York matched a season-high with 20 hits, including nine for extra-bases on the strength of two homers and seven doubles.
As good as the Mets' offense has been on the whole this season, it had been quite some time since they had a collective effort like they did on Friday. Then again, they did so against perhaps the only team struggling worse than they are. San Francisco fell to 6-19 in June and dropped to a whopping 22 games under .500 for the season.
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Highlights from the game...
News and notes...
The Mets snapped a four-game losing streak and won for the first time on their 10-game road trip (1-4).
Granderson is hitting .320 (17-for-53) with five home runs, nine RBIs and 10 runs scored in 20 games this month.
Duda's home run was the 121st of his career, moving him past Edgardo Alfonzo into sole possession of ninth place on the franchise's all-time list.
Cespedes is batting .395 (17-for-43) with four doubles, three home runs and nine RBIs in 13 games since returning from the disabled list. He has nine home runs in 106 at-bats this season, seven of which have come on the road.
Cabrera was activated off the 10-day disabled list (sprained thumb) prior to the game and made his first start at second base since Sept. 28, 2014 with Washington. Gavin Cecchini was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets (32-41) will go for the series win against the Giants (27-49) at AT&T Park on Saturday at 7 p.m. on FOX.
Jacob deGrom (6-3, 3.94 ERA, 1.33 WHIP in 2016) looks to stay hot after allowing just one earned run over his last two starts. After tossing a complete game against the Cubs on June 12, deGrom surrendered an unearned run in eight frames of a 5-1 win against the Nationals on Sunday. The 28-year-old yielded three runs in six innings during a no-decision against San Francisco on May 8, and is 3-1 with a 3.62 ERA in his career against the Giants.
Johnny Cueto (5-7, 4.42 ERA 1.30 WHIP) takes the hill for the Giants in the midst of a personal three-game losing streak. The 31-year-old surrendered two runs in seven innings against the Braves on Monday, but took the loss in a 9-0 setback. Cueto is 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 career starts against the Mets, winning four of his last five decisions against them. He pitched a complete game against New York in Game 2 of the 2015 World Series with Kansas City.