Yo, Alejandro flex muscle in Mets' victory

Yo, Alejandro flex muscle in Mets' victory

SAN FRANCISCO -- Yoenis Cespedes proved that he is fully healthy Saturday, crushing a pair of solo home runs as the Mets bounced back from consecutive losses in San Francisco, and three straight overall, to beat the Giants, 9-5, at AT&T Park.

In just his second game since returning from a quad injury, Cespedes kick-started the Mets' offense. He delivered three extra-base hits and drove in two of New York's first three runs, on an RBI double in the first and a homer in the third that traveled 457 feet from home plate, according to Statcast™. His teammates then followed suit in the sixth, jumping on Jake Peavy as part of a four-run inning.

"He's so dangerous in the lineup and makes such a big difference," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "It's nothing against anybody else, but he's tough to replace. It's nice to have him back."

Statcast: Cespedes' long homer

Cespedes wasn't finished, though, and the outfielder capped his performance with a towering blast over the left-field fence in the seventh. It served as the eighth multi-homer game of his career. Meanwhile, Bartolo Colon stymied what had been a resurgent Giants offense, yielding just two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings, and the Mets avoided falling three games below .500 for the second time this year.

"Today was a good day," said Collins, "and we need to use this as a springboard."

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Recently acquired Giant Matt Moore has yet to find success at his new home ballpark. The left-hander struggled to find his command throughout Saturday's contest and could not complete six innings for the first time since June 2.

Moore strikes out three

"I thought he settled in as the game went along," said Giants catcher Buster Posey. "He's got good stuff. I think he struggled with command a little bit."

Moore has lost three of his four starts with the Giants. His next start will come against the Dodgers, who are atop the Giants in the National League West standings.

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MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
De Aza's dinger: Alejandro De Aza's sixth-inning blast to right field punctuated a four-run barrage against Peavy after he relieved Moore to begin the inning. Three of the first four Mets batters reached via singles, including Justin Ruggiano's RBI hit, setting up De Aza's homer. It was a productive inning for a Mets club in need of an offensive outburst, and it came after they squandered an opportunity to take a commanding lead in the first inning.

Ruggiano's RBI single to left

Finding the water: Denard Span gave San Francisco's offense a jolt Saturday, hitting a solo home run into AT&T Park's McCovey Cove in the bottom of the third to cut the Mets' lead to two. Span, who entered the game 11 for his last 19, continued his hot streak with his second splash hit of the season.

"He's really come on here and is doing a great job as a leadoff hitter," said Giants manager Bruce Bochy. "It's good to see him swinging the way he is."

Colon holds Giants at bay: What Colon lacked in dominance Saturday, he made up for with dependability. The righty, who allowed nine hits, worked his way around trouble in the second and fifth innings before the offense provided cushion. Colon is the only Mets starter to win more than one game in August, and he now has 229 career wins.

Colon's strong start

"I think everything worked out well," Colon said through an interpreter. "I was throwing a lot of sinkers. The ball here moves a lot for me."

UPON FURTHER REVIEW
A Mets challenge overturned a potential inning-ending double play in the top of the fourth after replay showed De Aza barely beat Brandon Crawford's throw to first base.

De Aza gets first on challenges

The Giants then challenged, arguing Ruggiano interfered with Crawford on his slide into second base, but it was ruled Ruggiano did not hinder Crawford's throw.

WHAT'S NEXT
Mets: The Mets close out a four-game series with the Giants on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. ET at AT&T Park with ace Noah Syndergaard on the mound. Syndergaard is 10-7 with a 2.76 ERA, the ninth-best mark in the Majors, but he has a 4.86 ERA in three August starts. The 23-year-old is 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA in two career starts against the Giants.

Giants: Jeff Samardzija will take the mound as the Giants conclude a 10-game homestand Sunday at 5:05 p.m. PT. The right-hander has allowed just three earned runs in his last 11 2/3 innings pitched, but he holds a 5.35 ERA since the All-Star break.

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Justin Wise is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the Giants on Saturday.

Mark Chiarelli is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area and covered the Mets on Saturday.

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