Noah Syndergaard pitched seven dominant innings, and Robinson Cano powered the Mets to a 4-2 win over the Marlins on Saturday. >> Box score
Five things to know from Saturday's game
1) Cano has drawn his share of criticism during his first year with the Mets, but he came up clutch in a huge spot on Saturday. With the game tied in the top of the eighth, Cano slammed a two-run home run to right field off of Nick Anderson to put the Mets on top 4-2. Cano's fifth home run of the year was his first this season with runners on base.
2) Syndergaard had his best outing in over a month. Syndergaard had pitched to 5.94 ERA in his last three starts, but he was terrific on Saturday, allowing just two runs on five hits. He struck out nine Marlins and did not walk a single batter. He left the game after seven innings with the game tied 2-2, but Cano's blast put him in line for the win.
3) Michael Conforto broke out of a home run slump in the top of the third inning, lining a two-run home run off of Zac Gallen to give the Mets an early 2-0 lead. Conforto had not homered since June 24th, but Mickey Callaway moved him up into the two-hole to get him better pitches to hit in front of Pete Alonso, and that's exactly what happened.
4) Jeff McNeil just can't stop hitting. He recorded two more hits on Saturday, marking his 18th multi-hit game in his last 33 games played.
5) The Mets bullpen had a very clean evening against the Marlins. Seth Lugo relieved Syndergaard and pitched a scoreless eighth, and Edwin Diaz earned his 20th save of the season.
The Mets and Marlins wrap up their three-game set at Marlins Park on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. on SNY. Jacob deGrom (4-7, 3.27 ERA) takes the ball for the Mets against Marlins right-hander Sandy Alcantara (4-8, 3.82 ERA).