Mets takeaways from Saturday's 5-3 win over Nationals, including a clutch Michael Conforto HR

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Conforto home whites points to dugout after HR
Conforto home whites points to dugout after HR

The Mets got back in the win column on Saturday, taking down the Nationals, 5-3.

Here are the takeaways...

1, After Trevor May allowed a run on a wild pitch in the seventh, the Mets trailed by one. Jeff McNeil led the bottom half of the inning with a single, and Kevin Pillar was hit by a pitch. Patrick Mazeika popped out on a sacrifice bunt attempt, but it didn't matter. Pinch-hitter Michael Conforto blasted a three-run home run to give the Mets a 5-3 lead.

2. Marcus Stroman got into some early trouble, even after a Gold Glove put out. The Nats loaded the bases with one out, but Stroman struck out Yadiel Hernandez and got Carter Kieboom to fly out to end the threat. But Stroman couldn’t keep them scoreless for long – with two outs, he allowed an RBI double to Lane Thomas and an RBI single to Alcides Escobar. But after the second, Stroman settled in nicely, retiring eight in a row at one point and allowing just two baserunners from the third inning to the sixth. Stroman tossed another quality start, allowing just those two runs in his six frames while striking out five and walking one.

With Saturday's outing, Stroman is now just one of seven pitchers this year with at least 19 starts of five-plus innings while allowing no more than two earned runs (Walker Buehler, Kyle Gibson, Gerrit Cole, Max Scherzer, Brandon Woodruff, Kevin Gausman).

3. Pillar got the Mets on the board with a solo shot to lead off the third inning, and he later tied the game at two with his second solo homer in the fifth. It was the sixth multi-home run game of his career.

4. After the Mets retook the lead, Seth Lugo entered the game in the eighth. He allowed a leadoff single to Josh Bell, but got Hernandez to ground into a double play and struck out Kieboom to hold the two-run lead.

5. Edwin Diaz came in to shut the door, but hit Adams with a pitch. But he got Ryan Zimmerman to ground out and struck out Thomas to end the game and snap the Mets' losing streak at four games.

Highlights

What's next

Tylor Megill will get the ball on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. as the Mets will try to the series against the Nationals, who will have Erick Fedde on the bump.