Mets win 8th straight behind deGrom, Conforto

Mets win 8th straight behind deGrom, Conforto

NEW YORK -- The Mets' dream April, in which they challenged home run records and pitched their way up the Major League leaderboards despite little from Matt Harvey, is over. They put a fitting cap to it Saturday, rocketing two more homers behind a gutsy Jacob deGrom performance on their way to their eighth straight victory, a 6-5 win over the Giants at Citi Field.

Michael Conforto led the way by doubling, singling, homering and driving in three, in the process completing a torrid two-week stretch that's seen him cement his spot as one of the brightest young hitters in baseball.

"There are some guys that are just outstanding players," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I don't care what level you put them at -- they adjust and they adjust fast. This kid has done that."

Conforto plates three in win

The Mets scored all six runs off Giants starter Matt Cain, who set up the second inning by plunking two batters ahead of Conforto. Winning pitcher deGrom battled control problems as well, posting the fourth four-walk game of his career. But he would have surrendered far less damage had Wilmer Flores' throwing error not extended the third inning, when Hunter Pence capitalized with a two-run single.

"One thing we do not do is walk people, and we had seven walks today," Collins said. "It almost ended up killing us."

deGrom fought through six frames to earn his third victory, his ERA resting at 1.02 after a truncated first month. The Giants scored two runs off three Mets relievers before Jerry Blevins and Jeurys Familia secured the final four outs to give New York its fifth straight series win.

Familia notches the save

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
The kid is all right: Conforto's second-inning double to left brought home two and his solo homer in the fifth widened New York's lead. The 23-year-old's last two weeks jump off the page: .407 average, 14 runs, nine doubles, four home runs and 15 RBIs in 14 games.

"If he's just been called up, I would say nobody knows him," Collins said. "But they have reports on him. This kid played in the World Series."

Conforto credited cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes for part of his success.

"I think they want me to earn my way on," Conforto said. "Me being a young guy, they want me to earn my way on. I've noticed that, absolutely. I can't think of a better guy to hit in front of. It's definitely not all me."

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Violating the rules: Making an inning's final out at third base is among the game's cardinal sins. Yet that's what San Francisco's Brandon Belt did in the third inning when he tried to advance from first to third base on Pence's bases-loaded, two-run single. Belt was thrown out, ending San Francisco's three-run rally.

Duda throws out Belt at third

"In that situation, with a close play at the plate, I wanted to kind of draw that ball away from the plate so we could score that run," Belt said. But, in Bochy's view, the Mets didn't have a shot at throwing out Buster Posey at home on the play.

Flo' back: Flores brightened up what had been a dark month with a solo homer off Cain in the sixth inning. Regulated to a utility role after starting much of last season at shortstop, Flores struggled to a .077 average before launching the blast, his first of the season. He'll continue to spell David Wright (and others) regularly, so the Mets would like to see him rediscover the pop that allowed him to hit 16 homers in 2015.

Flores' solo home run

"I ran the bases like it was a walk-off," Flores said. "It felt good, finally helping the team."

No routine flies: Pence and Brandon Crawford both hammered eighth-inning drives that briefly appeared destined to clear the wall but ended up being sacrifice flies. Pence's would have been a grand slam. Crawford's was hit so hard that Mets right fielder Curtis Granderson had to lunge at the last instant to catch the ball.

Granderson's jumping catch

"Right when I hit it, I thought I hit it pretty good," Crawford said. "When I looked up and saw where he was playing, I knew he would have a shot at it."

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It seems like every day Mets hitters are tying or breaking club records. Conforto earned the share of another one Saturday by doubling in his sixth consecutive game. No Mets player had done that since Joe Christopher from Aug. 14-18, 1964. Conforto has also reached base safely in a career-high 17 straight games.

Conforto's two-run double

With Flores' homer, the Mets totaled 33 big flies in April, tying the franchise mark set in 2006. And that's after hitting just two in their first eight games.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
The Giants challenged an eighth-inning play at second base, claiming New York's Neil Walker committed interference on his slide into the bag. After a replay review, no violation was found, and the call on the field was confirmed.

Giants challenge Walker's slide

WHAT'S NEXT
Giants: With rain in the forecast for Sunday's 10:10 a.m. PT series finale, the Giants will be careful about wasting Madison Bumgarner's arm with an unnecessary warmup or maybe even an inning or two. Historically, Bumgarner has been excellent on the road, posting a 47-33 record with a 3.24 ERA.

Mets: As if Bumgarner wasn't enough, the Mets will counter with maybe baseball's best young pitcher. When Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 1.69 ERA, NL-leading 12.8 K/9) toes the Citi Field rubber for Sunday's 1:10 p.m. ET finale, it'll set up one of the marquee pitching matchups of the young season. New York is looking for its third consecutive series sweep.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.