BALTIMORE – Following a blowout victory largely driven by role-playing players, Mets Manager Luis Roja took status over his division-leading team.
“You couldn’t be more proud,” he said. “Every single guy put on Mets’ uni has just helped us along the way.”
Kevin Pillar and Billy McKinney both met twice, and the Mets beat Matt Harvey decisively for the second time this season, leading the Baltimore Orioles 14-1 Wednesday night. New York has been plagued by injuries – and the newly acquired star Francisco Lindor has had his matches – but the Mets extended their lead in the NL East to 3 ½ games over second place Atlanta.
Harvey, who helped the Mets win the National League pennant in 2015, has encountered his original team twice this year, on May 12 and Wednesday. Mets won May matchup at Citi Field, 7-1.
Harvey (3-7) allowed seven runs and eight hits in both games. He lasted four and a third inning the first time and three innings on Wednesday – as the Baltimore crowd included plenty of Mets fans who made their presence felt as their team poured it on.
“I play for the Orioles. I’m not here for Mets fans or anything like that. I appreciate the Orioles fans who were here, ”Harvey said. “I have to be better in front of my home crowd and I just have to work harder.”
Pete Alonso and Mason Williams also met the Mets. Taijuan Walker (5-2) allowed a run and five hits in seven innings, with a walk and nine strikes. He lowered his ERA to 2.07.
Pillar had three hits, including his first two home runs since he was hit in the face by a fastball on May 17 and missed about two weeks.
“When I started coming back when I was able to hit the cage, there were just a few things – I feel like it’s hard to kind of recreate your attitude and your setup and your feeling when you miss out. of so much time, “Pillar said. “I just got into the box or the cage, opened up my attitude a little bit, just felt like I was giving myself a little better visual, kind of tinkered with my hand positioning, and it just felt good.”
Alonso also had a three-hit night, booking it with a first-in-home run and an RBI double in the ninth. McKinney also had three hits.
For the second straight night, Alonso started the scoring with a two-run homer in the first. Baltimore responded with an RBI single at the bottom of the inning by Ryan Mountcastle, but the Mets broke the game open by scoring five times with two outs in the third. James McCann and McKinney hit on consecutive RBI singles, and Pillar followed with a three-run shot to the left that made it 7-1.
McKinney added a solo homer in the fifth, and Pillar and Williams hit back-to-back solo shots in the eighth. McKinney closed the scoring with a three-run homer in the ninth.
Harvey has lost six straight decisions.