The Mets' Wilmer Flores celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk-off solo home run to beat the Milwaukee Brewers on April 15, 2018, at Citi Field.

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Schwei's Mets Notes: A Start For The Record Books, Wilmer Flores' Walk-Off Homers And More

John Schweibacher
April 17, 2018 - 1:24 pm
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The New York Mets won their first five series of a season for the first time in club history, but they will have to bounce back from a late-inning collapse to the Nationals on Monday night to make it six in a row.

The Mets blew a 6-1, eight-inning lead and lost to Washington, 8-6, in the series opener at Citi Field.

The Mets' bullpen, which entered Monday night's game with a National League-best 1.51 ERA, allowed five runs, four hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings, as New York fell to 12-3 on the season.

It was the Mets' first loss against an NL East opponent this season after winning their first eight games vs. the Phillies, Marlins and Nationals. 

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According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Mets were the first major league team to win its first eight games against a divisional opponent in one season since the 2008 Arizona Diamondbacks.

On Sunday afternoon in Flushing, the Mets took the rubber game of a three-game series against Milwaukee.

Wilmer Flores' two-out solo home run in the bottom of the ninth gave the Mets the victory. 

It was the third career game-ending homer for Flores, who had the Mets only walk-off home run last season, a solo shot in the bottom of the ninth vs. Oakland on July 22.

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Flores' first career game-ending homer came against the Nationals in a 2-1, 12-inning victory on July 31, 2015.

On Saturday night, the Mets' nine-game winning streak came to an end with a 5-1 loss to the Brewers.

Matt Harvey took the loss, allowing four runs in five innings of work in his third start of the season.

It was the 11th consecutive time Harvey did not pitch past the fifth inning.

The only other Mets pitcher to go 10 straight starts without getting to the sixth inning was Wally Whitehurst, from July 20, 1991, through June 30, 1992.

Whitehurst went 1-6 with three no-decisions and a 6.45 ERA in those 10 starts. Harvey has gone 1-5 with five no-decisions and an earned run average of 8.18 in his last 11 starts dating back to June 2 of last year.

In Friday night's 6-5 win over Milwaukee, the Mets became the first major league team to start a season 11-1 since the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers.

Steven Matz ended an 11-start winless streak dating back to June 28, 2017, going 5 1/3 innings for the win.

Matz’s last win at Citi Field was on Aug. 14, 2016, a 5-1 victory over the Padres.

Matz went 0-5 with one no-decision and a 9.82 ERA in his last six starts in Flushing before Friday night,

Todd Frazier hit his first two home runs as a Met in the win, becoming the 11th player in club history to hit his first two homers in a Mets uniform in the same game. The others were:

Rod Barajas                  4/9/10      vs. Was
Moises Alou                 4/17/07    at Phi
Raul Gonzalez              8/25/02    at Col
Rickey Henderson        4/7/99      at Fla
Bobby Bonilla              4/6/92      at Stl
Walt Terrell                  8/6/83       at Chi
Claudell Washington    6/22/80    at LA (3 HRs)
Jim Beauchamp            8/21/72    vs. Hou
Hawk Taylor                6/20/64     vs. Phi
Jesse Gonder                7/11/62     vs. LA

On Wednesday night in Miami, the Mets completed the three-game sweep of the Marlins with a 4-1 win over the Marlins.

The last time the Mets swept a three-game series in Miami was in August 2015. The Mets have swept the Marlins on the road three other times: October 1993, May 2007 and September 2012.

Zack Wheeler got the win in his first start of the season, allowing one run on two hits with seven strikeouts and one walk in seven innings.

Wheeler is now 3-1 with a 2.15 ERA with 55 K's in 50 1/3 innings in his eight career starts vs. the Marlins.

Last Tuesday night, the Mets beat Miami, 8-6, to improve to 9-1 on the season and surpass the 1985 and 2006 teams for the best start through 10 games in franchise history.

Asdrubal Cabrera hit a pair of solo homers for the Mets in the victory, giving them a fourth consecutive series win to open a season for only the second time ever, and the first time since 2006.

Only three other Mets second basemen ever had a two-homer game vs. the Marlins, and all of those games were at home:

9/16/14      Mia 1 at Mets 9     Wilmer Flores
9/18/06      Mia 0 at Mets 4     Jose Valentin
7/27/93      Mia 3 at Mets 4      Jeff Kent

Happy Recap: Pitching Rich. Zack Wheeler's start Wednesday night marked the first time ever that Wheeler, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz all made consecutive starts.

Nine Miles of Rough Road: Can't Catch a Break. The Mets last week lost catchers Travis d'Arnaud (torn UCL in right elbow out for season) and Kevin Plawecki (hairline fracture in his left hand, on 10-day DL).