Mets' Luis Rojas on Saturday's offensive outburst: 'It's encouraging to see'

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McKinney hits HR from left side at citi field home whites night game
McKinney hits HR from left side at citi field home whites night game

In their previous six games, the Mets amassed just 12 runs.

On Saturday, they scored 13.

It was an offensive outburst that the Mets had been waiting for all season long, especially in terms of the long-ball. The Mets hit a season-high five home runs off the Braves.

“The homers, you gotta stand that out," manager Luis Rojas said. "That’s something we haven’t had that all year. We haven’t hit for power. We’ve been walking, getting our singles, and that’s how we’ve been manufacturing runs, but the homers hit tonight, that’s pleasant to see. They’re putting good swings, there’s more conviction to what they’re looking for, they’re finding it, and that’s what gonna translate into hitting for power… Guys put up really good at-bats and really good swings.”

Francisco Lindor joined the home run party in the seventh inning with his fourth of the year, and first since May 15.

It seems every time Lindor has a multi-hit night, Mets fans hope that this is the the breakout for him.

It hasn't happened yet, but Rojas said his two-hit effort on Saturday could be the catalyst.

“I feel really good right now watching him use the big part of the field," Rojas said. "The homer was to right center field, so for him to stay in the gaps and to take a couple of swings in that direction, I think it says a lot right now that he’s in better place. You can see him up and coming with his approach. A lot of good things are gonna happen if he stays like that, and just doesn’t try to force-pull baseballs."

Even Cameron Maybin got on the board. He did reach rough Mets history, as his 27 hitless at-bats to start his Mets tenure is now the worst start in the history of the franchise, but because it's baseball, his first hit as a Met came on an infield single.

"That's probably my favorite hit of the game," joked James McCann, who himself went 4-for-4 with a double and a home run. "What he’s been going through, to finally get the monkey off your back, it’s one of those things until you’ve gone through it, you don’t really understand the pressure that continues to build and build and build until you get that first hit, and then it’s just like a huge weight off back. Seeing him continue to take good swings, continue to put together good at-bats and then finally to get that hit, that was awesome to see.”

The Mets have now won four in a row, and with the Phillies' loss to the Rays, they are now in first place by 3.5 games.