A day after Sandy Alderson made a trade to boost the Mets lineup, they exploded for 15 runs against the Dodgers Saturday night. And the new guys contributed.
Starting at second base, Kelly Johnson went 2-6 with an upper deck home run. Juan Uribe came in for Daniel Murphy at third in the seventh and went 1-2, also turning in a brilliant play in the field in the ninth.
Oh, and Michael Conforto picked up his first major league hit — four of them, in fact. He had two doubles and scored four runs. He collided with Ruben Tejada on a fly ball but everyone walked away just fine.
Lucas Duda hit two home runs and now has 14, tied for the team lead. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 4-4 and Tejada 3-6.
Matt Harvey, who went 2-4, by the way, went seven innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He had four strikeouts and a walk. He raised his record to 9-7 and lowered his ERA to 3.16.
Mets win 15-2, so a good game, to understate things. They go for the tie of the four-game series Sunday afternoon. The marquee matchup has Jacob deGrom going up against Zack Greinke — the two leaders in ERA in the National League.