Time for the Mets to get healthy. The worst team in baseball is visiting Citi Field for three games, and the Mets got things started with a classic beat down of the Padres.
It was over early as the Mets put together one of their best innings of the year in the first. Michael Conforto led off with a home run. Jose Reyes, Jay Bruce (opposite field against the shift) and Neil Walker each singled to load the bases. Curtis Granderson hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0. With runners on first and third and another shift on, Wilmer Flores hit a slow roller to the vacated second base position that eventually made its way to the outfield to score another run. Lucas Duda doubled to plate two more runs to make it 5-0. Rene Rivera singled and then with two outs, Conforto singled to drive in two more runs to cap off a seven-run inning.
Matt Harvey, making his first start at Citi Field since his suspension, allowed two runs in the top of the second.
Conforto led off the fourth with another homer to make it 8-2. He now has 13 home runs on the season, one off the pace in the National League.
Harvey made it through five innings and 103 pitches. He allowed two runs on just three hits, with six strikeouts and four walks. Harvey is looking better of late, but he is still walking far too many batters, which is uncharacteristic of him.
Josh Smoker came on in the sixth and promptly allowed a homer to Ryan Schimpf on his first pitch to make it an 8-3 game.
Duda added an RBI single in the seventh to make to 9-3. Duda had three hits and three RBIs on the night.
Mets pound out 14 hits as they win 9-3.