Cano's two-run homer in the 8th lifts Mets past Marlins, 4-2

MIAMI (AP) Manager Mickey Callaway said before the Mets played Saturday night that he was not concerned with Robinson Cano's lack of power thus far.

Why not?

''Because I knew he was going to hit a bomb tonight to win it,'' Callaway quipped. ''You guys didn't realize that?''

Cano hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift New York to a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.

''It meant a lot, not because I hit a homer, but because it helped to win a game,'' Cano said. ''I know in that situation I haven't been that successful this year, but I'm a positive guy and the good thing about this game is you're always going to get the same situation over and over. You just have to stay positive and things are going to turn around.''

Cano's fifth home run of the season sailed into the second deck in right field at Marlins Park, breaking a 2-all tie.

It came after Dominic Smith hit a one-out single against Nick Anderson (2-4). Cano delivered his first home run since June 17 at Atlanta, ending a drought of 71 at-bats without a homer.

''He needed it,'' Callaway said. ''Obviously we have talked about his struggles on the road and to get a go-ahead home run has to make him feel good about himself tonight. He's been working hard.''

Cano noted why he thinks his power numbers have not been on display this season like they have throughout his career, with 316 homers to his credit over 15 seasons.

''I don't know if you've noticed, but I've been hit twice in the hand this year and that's not an excuse,'' Cano said. ''Even if it's bothering me I would never say anything. I always like to go out and be able to contribute any way, any how. I would never use an excuse like that, but right now my hand feels really good.''

Noah Syndergaard (7-4) won his fourth consecutive decision. He pitched seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He struck out nine without walking a batter and retired the final 11 batters he faced.

''I felt I did a really good job of being able to repeat my delivery,'' Syndergaard said. ''I really pounded my sinker into righties and my slider started to come back so it kind of opened up both sides of the plate.''

Seth Lugo pitched a perfect eighth and Edwin Diaz worked around a one-out single in the ninth for his 20th save in 24 opportunities.

New York's Jeff McNeil had two hits for his 18th multi-hit game in his last 33 games. The NL batting leader is hitting .410 (34 for 83) over his last 20 games.

Michael Conforto hit a two-run homer to right field to give the Mets the early lead off Zac Gallen. It was Conforto's 17th home run of the season.

The Marlins tied the game at 2 in the fourth on a double by Harold Ramirez and a triple to the right-field corner by Jorge Alfaro.

''Not a whole lot (of chances),'' Marlins manager Don Mattingly said.

Gallen allowed two runs in five innings.

''I had terrible fastball command tonight,'' Gallen said.

SYNDERGAARD IN TRADE RUMORS

Syndergaard has dealt with his name being discussed in trade rumors in the past and it could happen again this year with the Mets entering Saturday 14 1/2 games out of first place in their division.

''I try not to pay too much attention to that,'' he said. ''Right now I love being a Met. If something were to ever change, then it would be bittersweet because of New York itself, the fan base, and just the guys in this clubhouse have a special place in my heart.''

Syndergaard is 44-26 in five seasons with the Mets.

CONFORTO IN 2-HOLE

Conforto batted second in the lineup for just the sixth time this season with Pete Alonso batting third.

''You just get the feeling you're going to get more pitches in the zone with a guy with 30 homers behind you,'' Conforto said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: C Wilson Ramos, who collided with Starlin Castro in the eighth inning of Friday's game, did not play. ''He just caught a spike in the knee, but he didn't twist his knee or anything, he's fine,'' Callaway said after Friday's game.

UP NEXT

Mets: RHP Jacob deGrom (4-7, 3.27 ERA) has thrown seven consecutive quality starts, going 1-2 with a 2.68 ERA during that span.

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (4-8, 3.82) is 2-2 with a 2.14 ERA in five starts against the Mets.

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  • W: N. Syndergaard (7-4)L: N. Anderson (2-4)S: E. Diaz (20)
  • HR: NYM - R. Cano (5), M. Conforto (17)
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    G. Cooper 1B30000020.306.375.487.8620.0
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    • a-grounded out for Garcia in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. McNeil (24)
    • HR - M. Conforto (17), R. Cano (5)
    • RBI - M. Conforto 2 (46), R. Cano 2 (20)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil, P. Alonso, D. Smith, R. Cano, T. Frazier 2 (2), T. Nido 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - H. Ramirez (10)
    • 3B - J. Alfaro
    • RBI - H. Ramirez (21), J. Alfaro (31)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Ramirez 3 (3), J. Alfaro, Z. Gallen
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - A. Rosario (4)
    FIELDING
    • E - N. Syndergaard (4)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - B. Anderson (4)
    • DP - (Anderson-Rojas)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Syndergaard (W, 7-4)7.05220904.551.2428.5
    S. Lugo (H, 13)1.00000203.271.164.0
    E. Diaz (S, 20)1.01000105.351.449.5
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Syndergaard (W, 7-4)7.0
    S. Lugo (H, 13)1.0
    E. Diaz (S, 20)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Gallen5.04225514.241.536.5
    A. Brice1.00000201.881.074.0
    J. Garcia1.01000102.961.062.5
    N. Anderson (L, 2-4)1.03220114.461.33-6.5
    J. Quijada1.00001303.862.043.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Gallen5.0
    A. Brice1.0
    J. Garcia1.0
    N. Anderson (L, 2-4)1.0
    J. Quijada1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - N. Syndergaard (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 105-69, S. Lugo 10-8, E. Diaz 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 10-2, E. Diaz 1-1
    • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 27, S. Lugo 3, E. Diaz 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Gallen 92-55, A. Brice 12-10, J. Garcia 12-8, N. Anderson 21-15, J. Quijada 24-15
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Gallen 4-5
    • Batters Faced - Z. Gallen 23, A. Brice 3, J. Garcia 3, N. Anderson 6, J. Quijada 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Conforto CF-RF41121112.241.359.473.8327.5
    P. Alonso 1B40100122.277.371.623.9951.0
    D. Smith LF31100112.305.391.546.9372.5
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    T. Frazier 3B30000132.252.337.447.784-0.5
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    N. Syndergaard P30000021.095.136.262.398-1.0
    A. Hechavarria SS10000010.224.255.418.673-0.5
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      G. Cooper 1B30000020.306.375.487.8620.0
      B. Anderson RF40000021.248.334.425.759-1.0
      N. Walker 3B41200010.270.346.402.7482.5
      S. Castro 2B40200001.248.274.343.6172.0
      H. Ramirez LF41110004.286.325.385.7114.0
      J. Alfaro C40110031.273.315.438.7532.5
      J. Riddle CF30000021.192.234.377.610-1.0
      Z. Gallen P20000011.143.143.143.286-0.5
      A. Brice P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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      • a-grounded out for Garcia in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. McNeil (24)
      • HR - M. Conforto (17), R. Cano (5)
      • RBI - M. Conforto 2 (46), R. Cano 2 (20)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. McNeil, P. Alonso, D. Smith, R. Cano, T. Frazier 2 (2), T. Nido 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - H. Ramirez (10)
      • 3B - J. Alfaro
      • RBI - H. Ramirez (21), J. Alfaro (31)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - H. Ramirez 3 (3), J. Alfaro, Z. Gallen
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. Rosario (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - N. Syndergaard (4)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Anderson (4)
      • DP - (Anderson-Rojas)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Syndergaard (W, 7-4)7.05220904.551.2428.5
      S. Lugo (H, 13)1.00000203.271.164.0
      E. Diaz (S, 20)1.01000105.351.449.5
      Total9.06220120---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Syndergaard (W, 7-4)7.0
      S. Lugo (H, 13)1.0
      E. Diaz (S, 20)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Gallen5.04225514.241.536.5
      A. Brice1.00000201.881.074.0
      J. Garcia1.01000102.961.062.5
      N. Anderson (L, 2-4)1.03220114.461.33-6.5
      J. Quijada1.00001303.862.043.5
      Total9.08446122---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Gallen5.0
      A. Brice1.0
      J. Garcia1.0
      N. Anderson (L, 2-4)1.0
      J. Quijada1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - N. Syndergaard (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Syndergaard 105-69, S. Lugo 10-8, E. Diaz 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Syndergaard 10-2, E. Diaz 1-1
      • Batters Faced - N. Syndergaard 27, S. Lugo 3, E. Diaz 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Gallen 92-55, A. Brice 12-10, J. Garcia 12-8, N. Anderson 21-15, J. Quijada 24-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Gallen 4-5
      • Batters Faced - Z. Gallen 23, A. Brice 3, J. Garcia 3, N. Anderson 6, J. Quijada 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Cano homered to right, Smith scored42
      • 4TH INNING
        Alfaro tripled to deep right, Ramirez scored22
        Ramirez doubled to left, Walker scored21
      • 3RD INNING
        Conforto homered to right, McNeil scored20
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jose Quijada relieved Nick Anderson
        • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hechavarria struck out swinging
        • J. McNeil: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, McNeil walked
        • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
        • P. Alonso: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Edwin Diaz relieved Seth Lugo
        • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker grounded out to third
        • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Castro singled to left
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez lined out to third
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Alfaro struck out looking
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Nick Anderson pitching
        • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Alonso flied out to center
        • D. Smith: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Smith singled to right
        • R. Cano: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Cano homered to right, Smith scored
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • A. Rosario: Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario singled to right center
        • T. Nido: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Nido flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
        • Seth Lugo pitching
        • Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop
        • Juan Lagares in center field
        • M. Rojas: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rojas flied out to center
        • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cooper struck out swinging
        • B. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Jarlin Garcia relieved Austin Brice
        • N. Syndergaard: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Syndergaard struck out swinging
        • J. McNeil: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), McNeil reached on an infield single to second
        • M. Conforto: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Conforto flied into double play right to shortstop, McNeil out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
        • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Riddle grounded out to first
        • Curtis Granderson hit for Jarlin Garcia
        • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Granderson grounded out to second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Austin Brice relieved Zac Gallen
        • T. Frazier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Rosario flied out to right
        • T. Nido: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nido struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro grounded out to third
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Z. Gallen Pitching:
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Conforto walked
        • P. Alonso: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
        • D. Smith: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Smith flied out to deep right
        • R. Cano: Ball, Strike looking, Cano grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Rojas lined out to second
        • G. Cooper: Cooper grounded out to third
        • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Anderson grounded out to third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Z. Gallen Pitching:
        • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Rosario singled to left
        • T. Nido: Ball, Rosario caught stealing second, catcher to second, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Nido walked
        • N. Syndergaard: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Syndergaard struck out swinging
        • J. McNeil: McNeil flied out to center
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Foul, Walker singled to right
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Walker to second on Syndergaard throwing error, Strike swinging, Castro lined out to second
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Foul, Ramirez doubled to left, Walker scored
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike looking, Alfaro tripled to deep right, Ramirez scored
        • J. Riddle: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
        • Z. Gallen: Gallen grounded out to catcher
        • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Z. Gallen Pitching:
        • N. Syndergaard: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Syndergaard grounded out to second
        • J. McNeil: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, McNeil doubled to deep right
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Conforto homered to right, McNeil scored
        • P. Alonso: Strike swinging, Alonso singled to center
        • D. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Smith walked, Alonso to second
        • R. Cano: Cano reached on fielder's choice to second, Alonso to third, Smith out at second
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rojas struck out looking
        • G. Cooper: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cooper struck out looking
        • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Anderson grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Z. Gallen Pitching:
        • R. Cano: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cano struck out swinging
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Frazier walked
        • A. Rosario: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Rosario lined out to right
        • T. Nido: Strike swinging, Nido grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
        • J. Riddle: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
        • Z. Gallen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Gallen struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Z. Gallen Pitching:
        • J. McNeil: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McNeil flied out to left
        • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Conforto lined out to right
        • P. Alonso: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Alonso walked
        • D. Smith: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Syndergaard Pitching:
        • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Rojas grounded out to third
        • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cooper hit by pitch
        • B. Anderson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • N. Walker: Ball, Walker singled to center, Cooper to second
        • S. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Castro reached on an infield single to shortstop, Cooper to third, Walker to second
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castro out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)