It took a while for the Mets offense to get going Thursday night in Phoenix, but when it finally did it provided enough runs to give Matt Harvey his long-awaited sixth win of the season.
The Mets got runners to second and third with no outs in the first, but were unable to score. It was first and third in the second, but again three straight outs kept the Mets off the board. They left two more in the fifth.
They finally put things together in the sixth. Down 1-0, Kevin Plawecki doubled to bring home two runs. Ruben Tejada later added a sacrifice fly to give the Mets a 3-1 lead.
Harvey gave back one of the runs in the bottom of the inning on a Paul Goldschmidt home run.
The Mets added another run in the eighth when Curtis Granderson, pinch-hitting for Harvey, singled to make it a 4-2 game.
Matt Harvey pitched seven effective innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He struck out nine and walked one. He raised his record to 6-3, his first win in six starts dating back to May 1.
Jeurys Familia came on with one on and one out in the eighth for the five-out save attempt. He made things interesting in the eighth, throwing two wild pitches to move the runner to third. After a two-out walk, he managed to get the third out on a grounder.
John Mayberry gave the Mets some breathing room in the ninth with a two-run home run, his fourth hit on the night, to extend the lead to 6-2.
Familia closed out the ninth for his 16th save and a 6-2 Mets win. They retake first place, now half a game ahead of the Nationals.