NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — To a man, Lucas Duda and Michael Cuddyer and the rest of the New York Mets quickly point out they’ve played just 10 games in April. Still, for a team with tremendous expectations after a long run of losing, they’re off to a fast start.
“It’s real early,” manager Terry Collins said, “but I like it a lot.”READ MORE: COVID Anniversary: New York Marks 1 Year Since 1st Case, With Vaccine Hope On Horizon
The Mets lost a replay challenge that took nearly six minutes, but wound up posting their longest winning streak since May 2013.
“A year ago, we don’t win tonight,” Collins said.
Coming off six straight losing seasons, Collins didn’t take the bait when it was mentioned that at 7-3, the Mets led the NL East. That will mean something, Collins said, only in October.
Wilmer Flores hit a three-run homer that helped the Mets rally from an early 3-0 deficit. Duda doubled twice and lined a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning, lifting the slugger’s batting average to .395.READ MORE: Police: 2 Men Wanted In Violent Queens Home Invasion Stole $3,000 From Woman At Gunpoint
Duda has gotten a pair of extra-base hits in three straight games. The last Mets player to do it was Carlos Beltran in 2006.
“Overall, great job, team win,” Duda said.
Jerry Blevins (1-0) got the win and Jeurys Familia closed for his fourth save.
It was 5-all when pinch hitter John Mayberry Jr. walked and stole second with one out in the Mets’ seventh. Duda’s two-out liner fell just beyond the dive of left fielder Christian Yelich, and Cuddyer followed with his second RBI single.
The Mets made two key defensive plays in the sixth. D’Arnaud caught speedy Dee Gordon trying to steal second and right fielder Curtis Granderson banged into the wall after a running catch on J.T. Realmuto’s bases-loaded drive with two outs.
Bartolo Colon will look to improve to 3-0 on Friday night, and then the two-headed monster of Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey will pitch on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.MORE NEWS: Police: 14-Year-Old Robbed Inside Bronx Laundromat
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