Jason Vargas pitches against the Miami Marlins during the first inning at Citi Field.

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Schwei's Mets Notes: Shutout Wins, Flores' Heroics, Interleague Play

John Schweibacher
May 22, 2018 - 10:08 am
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The New York Mets are on a winning streak for the first time in more than a month, having won four straight against Arizona and Florida after a two-game split vs. Toronto last week.

The Mets took the opening game of the series vs. the Marlins, 2-0, Monday night, their second shutout victory of the season.

The other shutout was a 2-0 win over the Phillies back on April 3rd at Citi Field.

Jason Vargas struck out seven batters in five scoreless innings to earn his first victory of the year, combining with Paul Sewald, Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos, Seth Lugo and Jeurys Familia on the shutout.

It was the fourth time in club history the Mets used as many as six pitchers in a shutout:

3/31/98  Phillies 0 at Mets 1 (14) (Jones, McMichael, Cook, Franco, Rojas and Wendell)

9/15/13  Marlins 0 at Mets 1 (12)  (Gee, Feliciano, Atchison, Hawkins, German and Black)

10/4/15  Nationals 0 at Mets 1   (deGrom, Colon, Verrett, Niese, Reed, Clippard and Familia)

5/21/18  Marlins 0 at Mets 2      (Vargas, Sewald, Blevins, Ramos, Lugo and Familia)

The Mets completed their first three-game home sweep since 2016 with a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks Sunday afternoon.

Amed Rosario hit his first two home runs of the season in the victory. It was the first two-homer game of his career and just the ninth ever by a starting Mets shortstop, a list that includes two of his current teammates:

Jose Reyes           9

Asdrubal Cabrera  3

Ed Bressoud         1    

Jerry Buchek         1

Kevin Elster            1

Howard Johnson     1

Desi Relaford          1

Kaz Matsui              1

Amed Rosario         1

The Mets rallied to defeat Arizona, 5-4, Saturday night at Citi Field.

Devin Mesoraco tied the game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning and Wilmer Flores hit a “walk-off” sacrifice fly in the ninth to lead the Mets to the come-from-behind win.

It was the eighth time Flores drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth or extra-innings for the Mets:

5/19/18  Arizona 4 at Mets 5        sac fly in 9th

4/15/18  Milwaukee 2 at Mets 3   home run in 9th

7/22/17  Oakland 5 at Mets 6        home run in 9th

8/13/16  San Diego 2 at Mets 3    fielder’s choice in 11th

7/31/15  Washington 1 at Mets 2  home run in 12th

6/15/15  Toronto 3 at Mets 4        single in 11th

5/26/15  Philadelphia 4 at Mets 5 single in 10th

9/8/14    Colorado 2 at Mets 3      sac fly in 9th

The Mets took the opener of their series vs. the Diamondbacks, 3-1, Friday night.

Jacob deGrom matched his career high with 13 strikeouts and Michael Conforto went 4-for-4, with two RBIs in the win.

The only other time in Mets’ history that a pitcher struck out at 13 batters and a player had at least four hits in the same game was back on October 6th, 1991 when David Cone tied a club record 19 K’s and Keith Miller went 4-for-5, with two runs scored in a 7-0 win at Philadelphia.

The 13-strikeout game by deGrom matched the most ever by a Mets pitcher vs. Arizona.

Noah Syndergaard struck out 13 Diamondbacks in eight innings in a 4-2 win over Arizona at Citi Field back on July 10th, 2015.

The last Mets hitter to have at least four hits vs. the D’backs at Citi Field was Anthony Recker, who went 4-for-4 in a 4-2 Mets win in the second game of a doubleheader vs. Arizona on May 25th, 2014.

Mets pitchers combined to strike out 16 batters without issuing a walk in Friday night’s victory.

It was the fifth time in franchise history the Mets had 16 or more strikeouts and no walks in a game:

9/12/84  vs. Pittsburgh 16 (Gooden 16)

9/17/84  at Philadelphia 16 (Gooden 16)

7/14/89  at Atlanta 16 (Fernandez 16)

10/3/15  vs. Washington 18 (Harvey 11, Robles 3, Goeddel 3, Torres 1).

5/19/18  vs. Arizona 16  (deGrom 13, Familia 3)

The Mets settled for a split against Toronto, losing to the Blue Jays 12-1, last Wednesday afternoon.

The 12 runs allowed equaled the third-most allowed by the Mets at home in an interleague game and the most ever vs. an American League team at Citi Field:

6/4/00    Devil Rays 15 at Mets 5

6/8/03    Mariners 13 at Mets 1

6/10/05  Angels 12 at Mets 2

5/21/07  Angels 12 at Mets 5

5/16/18  Blue Jays 12 at Mets 1

The loss Wednesday was the Mets’ first ever in 13 home games all-time against the Blue Jays. The 12-game home winning streak was the second-longest in franchise history vs. one club. The franchise record is 14 straight home wins over the Pirates from April 21st, 1986 through June 7th, 1987.

The Mets took the opener of the two-game series vs. the Blue Jays, 12-2, last Tuesday night at Citi Field.

The 12 runs scored tied the 8th-most scored by the Mets in an interleague game:

6/29/11  Mets 16 at Tigers 9

6/12/15  Mets 16 at Twins 5

6/27/08  Mets 15 at Yankees 6

6/22/10  Tigers 6 at Mets 14

6/25/11  Mets 14 at Rangers 5

6/28/11  Mets 14 at Tigers 3

8/30/97  Mets 13 at Orioles 6

6/9/00    Mets 12 at Yankees 2

5/13/14  Mets 12 at Yankees 7

5/15/18  Blue Jays 2 at Mets 12

Happy Recap: Dusted Off. The Mets’ weekend sweep of the D'backs was only the third sweep over the last eight seasons vs. a team that entered the series in first place (c/Elias Sports Bureau).

Nine Mikes of Rough Road: Juan Gone. Juan Lagares will Mets the rest of the season following surgery to repair a complete tear of a ligament in his left big toe.