The count is up to nine straight games in which the Mets scored at least five runs. The Mets batted around to score five runs in the first inning, then added on all night to complete an 11-3 victory over the Marlins.
The Mets moved within one game of .500, and go for the sweep with Matt Harvey starting Sunday.
And, once again, the Mets won big without the benefit of the home run, which has been their offensive identity. Tonight they got two bases-loaded walks from Michael Conforto; Asdrubal Cabrera’s RBI double; three RBI by Jay Bruce on two doubles; one RBI and hit from T.J. Rivera; and two more hits from Jose Reyes.
“Guys are taking a good approach,” Bruce said. “They are going to the plate with a plan.”
That plan is patience, said manager Terry Collins.
“It’s not going up there looking for a walk,” Collins said. “It’s looking for the pitch you can hit.”
And, if that pitch doesn’t come, then there’s nothing wrong with a walk. The Mets drew seven walks, of which two scored. The Mets also had two hit batters that scored, and another run who reached on an error. That’s five gift runs.
GSELLMAN GETS WIN: Robert Gsellman won his second straight decision despite not pitching very effectively. Gsellman gave up three runs on eight hits, no walks and two strikeouts in five innings.
Gsellman’s short stint again forced the Mets to go into their bullpen, using five relievers, Paul Sewald working the last two innings.
Collins acknowledged his bullpen faces being overworked, and said he’ll try to limit them to an inning apiece.
CESPEDES UPDATE: Alderson said Yoenis Cespedes is making progress with his left hamstring and will return to New York Monday for further tests. Alderson said the tests will hopefully ascertain why he’s susceptible to muscle pulls.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WILLIE: Today marked the 86th birthday for Willie Mays, arguably the games’ greatest living player.
Mays, who broke in with the New York Giants in 1951, and after a Hall of Fame career forged mostly in San Francisco, was traded to the Mets in 1972 and played in the 1973 World Series.
Mays retired with a career .302 average, 3,283 hits, 660 homers, 1,903 RBI, 338 stolen bases and a .941 OPS.
Mays is a two-time MVP, 24-time All-Star and a 12-time Gold Glove Award winner.
UP NEXT: Matt Harvey (2-2) enters Sunday’s series finale after giving up six or more runs in consecutive starts for the first time in his career. Jose Urena (0-0) will start for the Marlins.