BALTIMORE — After a blowout win fueled largely by position gamers, Mets Manager Luis Rojas took inventory of his division-leading workforce.
“You couldn’t be any more proud,” he stated. “Every single guy that’s put on the Mets’ uni has just helped us along the way.”
Kevin Pillar and Billy McKinney every homered twice, and the Mets beat Matt Harvey decisively for the second time this season, routing the Baltimore Orioles 14-1 on Wednesday evening. New York has been beset by accidents — and newly acquired star Francisco Lindor has had his struggles — however the Mets prolonged their lead in the N.L. East to three ½ video games over second-place Atlanta.
Harvey, who helped the Mets win the National League pennant in 2015, has confronted his unique workforce twice this yr, on May 12 and on Wednesday. The Mets gained the May matchup at Citi Field, 7-1.
Harvey (Three-7) allowed seven runs and eight hits in each video games. He lasted 4 and a 3rd innings the first time and three innings Wednesday — when the crowd in Baltimore included lots of Mets followers making their presence felt as their workforce poured it on.
“I play for the Orioles. I’m not here for Mets fans or anything like that. I appreciate the Orioles fans that were here,” Harvey stated. “I have to be better in front of my home crowd, and I guess I just have to work harder.”
Pete Alonso and Mason Williams additionally homered for the Mets. Taijuan Walker (5-2) allowed a run and 5 hits in seven innings, with a stroll and 9 strikeouts. He lowered his E.R.A. to 2.07.
Pillar had three hits, together with his first two residence runs since he was hit in the face by a fastball May 17 and missed about two weeks.
“When I started coming back, when I was able to hit in the cage, there were just some things — I feel like it’s hard to kind of recreate your stance and your setup and your feel, when you miss that much time,” Pillar stated. “I just got in the box, or in the cage, kind of opened my stance up a little bit, just felt like I gave myself a little bit better visual, kind of tinkered with my hand positioning, and it just felt good.”
Alonso additionally had a three-hit evening, bookending it with a first-inning residence run and an R.B.I. double in the ninth. McKinney had three hits as effectively.
For the second straight evening, Alonso began the scoring with a two-run homer in the first. Baltimore answered with an R.B.I. single in the backside of the inning by Ryan Mountcastle, however the Mets broke the recreation open by scoring 5 occasions with two outs in the third. James McCann and McKinney hit consecutive R.B.I. singles, and Pillar adopted with a three-run shot to left that made it 7-1.
McKinney added a solo homer in the fifth, and Pillar and Williams hit back-to-back solo photographs in the eighth. McKinney closed out the scoring with a three-run homer in the ninth.
Harvey has misplaced six straight selections.