Conforto powers Harvey, Mets to 9-3 rout of Padres

NEW YORK (AP) Back in spring training, Michael Conforto appeared ticketed to the minors. When the season began, he was stuck on the bench.

And now? He's the best thing going for the New York Mets.

Conforto homered twice and had a career-high four RBIs, including three on two hits during the team's biggest first inning in 13 years, and Matt Harvey won his first home start since getting suspended as New York routed the San Diego Padres 9-3 on Tuesday night.

''Maybe I'm just a little bit more comfortable. Not trying to do so much at the plate,'' said Conforto, who batted .220 last season and was sent to Triple-A twice. ''I had some expectations last year; maybe I was pressing a little bit. But now I just feel like I have a solid routine.''

Lucas Duda broke out of a slump with three hits and three RBIs, and manager Terry Collins earned his 500th victory with the Mets. His squad got a leadoff homer and a two-run single from Conforto in a seven-run first against Jhoulys Chacin.

Given a huge early cushion, Harvey (3-3) labored through five innings to win for the first time since April 11 at Philadelphia. The embattled former ace was 0-3 in his previous six starts and got banned three days by the Mets after skipping a home game this month following a late night on the town.

Harvey apologized and went 0-1 in two outings on the team's most recent road trip. There was light applause and little reaction from the crowd of 24,337 when he was introduced - only groans when Harvey had some trouble throwing strikes with a large lead.

''A little shaky,'' he said. ''It's a work in progress, but I feel happy overall.''

Coming off an excellent performance against Milwaukee, Chacin (4-4) got only two outs in the shortest and worst of his 145 career starts.

He faced 10 batters and gave up seven runs on eight hits in his latest flop away from home, where Chacin is 2-0 with a 0.67 ERA. He has a 10.94 mark in six road starts.

''I made bad pitches during the first inning and I also made good pitches,'' Chacin said. ''It was one of those games that nothing was hit to anybody. It is tough when you are not giving the team a chance to win like I did today.''

New York's first four batters and seven of its first eight got hits. Conforto hit his NL-high fourth leadoff homer on the 10th pitch of the at-bat and capped the outburst with a two-run single that chased Chacin.

''He's in one of those grooves that great hitters get into, that you don't want to mess with him,'' Collins said . ''He went home this winter and determined that he was going to come back and be a big league player.

''He's back to the kid we saw when he first came to the major leagues.''

Duda had a two-run double during the rally, which also included Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly and Wilmer Flores' run-scoring single.

The bottom of the first took 24 minutes. It was New York's biggest splurge at the beginning of a game since scoring seven runs in the first inning against Atlanta on Sept. 16, 2004.

Conforto is batting .333 with 31 RBIs and a career-best 13 home runs. He became the first leadoff hitter in team history to have three RBIs in the first inning, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Both his homers came with two strikes, powering the Mets to their third victory in four games following a seven-game slide.

''He is one of the better young hitters in the game. We knew that coming in here,'' San Diego manager Andy Green said. ''We gave him some pitches.''

Ryan Schimpf homered for the Padres, who have dropped six of seven and own the worst record in the majors at 16-31.

One bright spot was a remarkable, diving grab by catcher Austin Hedges on a foul popup.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: Backup catcher Hector Sanchez (bruised right foot) was expected to come off the disabled list Tuesday before injuring his right quadriceps in what was supposed to be his final rehab game Sunday with Triple-A El Paso. Sanchez will be shut down for the time being, Green said. ... RHP Trevor Cahill (shoulder) had an MRI on Sunday that revealed no structural damage, but he probably won't throw for 10-14 days, according to Green.

Mets: RF Jay Bruce was removed in the sixth with back tightness. He said it was nothing serious and he expects to play Wednesday. ... SS Jose Reyes returned to the lineup after getting scratched Sunday due to tightness in his left ribcage.

ROSTER MOVES

San Diego recalled INF Carlos Asuaje from Triple-A El Paso and optioned RHP Jose Valdez to its top farm club.

ON HIS WAY

The Padres plan to call up RHP Dinelson Lamet to start the series finale Thursday night in place of injured Jered Weaver (left hip inflammation). It will be the major league debut for Lamet, who is 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in eight starts at El Paso.

UP NEXT

Scuffling rookie Robert Gsellman (2-3, 6.75 ERA) will be re-inserted into the Mets' rotation Wednesday night. The right-hander had his turn skipped last weekend and came out of the bullpen in his past two appearances. Collins said he hopes those relief outings boost Gsellman's confidence. Padres RHP Jarred Cosart (0-1, 2.70), seeking his first win since 2015, makes another start in place of Cahill.

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  • W: M. Harvey (3-3)L: J. Chacin (4-4)
  • HR: SD - R. Schimpf (11), NYM - M. Conforto 2 (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Margot CF50100031.262.308.393.702-0.5
Y. Solarte 2B30200100.235.311.333.6453.0
W. Myers 1B40000035.272.317.527.844-1.5
R. Schimpf 3B32111112.169.308.438.7477.5
H. Renfroe RF41200020.225.280.426.7064.0
C. Spangenberg LF40010012.239.260.293.5540.5
A. Hedges C30010121.210.272.420.6921.0
E. Aybar SS40100000.212.292.336.6281.0
J. Chacin P0000-000.250.250.250.000-
C. Stammen P00000100.000.333.000.3331.0
a- C. d'Arnaud PH10000010.400.500.400.900-0.5
M. Diaz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Asuaje PH10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Hand P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- A. Cordoba PH10000000.288.347.455.8020.0
  • a-struck out for Stammen in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Diaz in the 7th
  • c-lined out for Hand in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Conforto LF42342000.333.425.7131.13816.0
J. Reyes SS51100002.205.280.325.6042.0
J. Bruce RF31100020.250.331.513.8441.0
J. Lagares CF11100000.220.304.320.6242.0
N. Walker 2B41200011.255.322.410.7322.5
C. Granderson RF30010002.166.231.331.5621.0
W. Flores 3B41210000.298.314.452.7664.0
L. Duda 1B41330000.236.375.472.8478.0
F. Salas P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Rivera C41100011.305.333.402.7361.5
M. Harvey P20000003.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Smoker P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Reynolds PH10000010.158.238.316.554-0.5
P. Sewald P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Rivera 1B10000010.261.327.398.724-0.5
  • a-struck out for Smoker in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Renfroe 2 (10)
  • HR - R. Schimpf (11)
  • RBI - R. Schimpf (21), C. Spangenberg (6), A. Hedges (21)
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Duda (5)
  • HR - M. Conforto 2 (13)
  • SF - C. Granderson (2)
  • RBI - M. Conforto 4 (31), C. Granderson (16), W. Flores (11), L. Duda 3 (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Conforto 2 (13), L. Duda (7)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - H. Renfroe (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (L, 4-4)0.28770015.7412.00-20.0
C. Stammen3.13110215.400.906.0
M. Diaz2.00000107.480.006.5
K. Yates1.03110102.613.00-0.5
B. Hand1.00000201.800.004.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (L, 4-4)0.2
C. Stammen3.1
M. Diaz2.0
K. Yates1.0
B. Hand1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey (W, 3-3)5.03224605.361.4016.0
J. Smoker1.01110217.941.002.0
P. Sewald1.02000102.512.001.5
J. Blevins0.21000201.721.500.0
F. Salas1.10000205.230.004.0
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey (W, 3-3)5.0
J. Smoker1.0
P. Sewald1.0
J. Blevins0.2
F. Salas1.1
PITCHING
  • HBP - B. Hand (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 40-30, C. Stammen 50-33, M. Diaz 22-11, K. Yates 15-12, B. Hand 17-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 1-1, C. Stammen 5-3, M. Diaz 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 10, C. Stammen 13, M. Diaz 6, K. Yates 5, B. Hand 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 103-60, J. Smoker 13-11, P. Sewald 21-15, J. Blevins 12-8, F. Salas 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 3-5, J. Smoker 1-0, P. Sewald 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 21, J. Smoker 4, P. Sewald 5, J. Blevins 3, F. Salas 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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PadresSD16-31
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M. Margot CF50100031.262.308.393.702-0.5
Y. Solarte 2B30200100.235.311.333.6453.0
W. Myers 1B40000035.272.317.527.844-1.5
R. Schimpf 3B32111112.169.308.438.7477.5
H. Renfroe RF41200020.225.280.426.7064.0
C. Spangenberg LF40010012.239.260.293.5540.5
A. Hedges C30010121.210.272.420.6921.0
E. Aybar SS40100000.212.292.336.6281.0
J. Chacin P0000-000.250.250.250.000-
C. Stammen P00000100.000.333.000.3331.0
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M. Diaz P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- C. Asuaje PH10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Yates P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
B. Hand P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- A. Cordoba PH10000000.288.347.455.8020.0
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  • a-struck out for Stammen in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Diaz in the 7th
  • c-lined out for Hand in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Conforto LF42342000.333.425.7131.13816.0
J. Reyes SS51100002.205.280.325.6042.0
J. Bruce RF31100020.250.331.513.8441.0
J. Lagares CF11100000.220.304.320.6242.0
N. Walker 2B41200011.255.322.410.7322.5
C. Granderson RF30010002.166.231.331.5621.0
W. Flores 3B41210000.298.314.452.7664.0
L. Duda 1B41330000.236.375.472.8478.0
F. Salas P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Rivera C41100011.305.333.402.7361.5
M. Harvey P20000003.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Smoker P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- M. Reynolds PH10000010.158.238.316.554-0.5
P. Sewald P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Blevins P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
T. Rivera 1B10000010.261.327.398.724-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Smoker in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - H. Renfroe 2 (10)
  • HR - R. Schimpf (11)
  • RBI - R. Schimpf (21), C. Spangenberg (6), A. Hedges (21)
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Duda (5)
  • HR - M. Conforto 2 (13)
  • SF - C. Granderson (2)
  • RBI - M. Conforto 4 (31), C. Granderson (16), W. Flores (11), L. Duda 3 (10)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Conforto 2 (13), L. Duda (7)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - H. Renfroe (5)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Chacin (L, 4-4)0.28770015.7412.00-20.0
C. Stammen3.13110215.400.906.0
M. Diaz2.00000107.480.006.5
K. Yates1.03110102.613.00-0.5
B. Hand1.00000201.800.004.0
Total8.01499062---
PITCHERSIP
J. Chacin (L, 4-4)0.2
C. Stammen3.1
M. Diaz2.0
K. Yates1.0
B. Hand1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
M. Harvey (W, 3-3)5.03224605.361.4016.0
J. Smoker1.01110217.941.002.0
P. Sewald1.02000102.512.001.5
J. Blevins0.21000201.721.500.0
F. Salas1.10000205.230.004.0
Total9.07334131---
PITCHERSIP
M. Harvey (W, 3-3)5.0
J. Smoker1.0
P. Sewald1.0
J. Blevins0.2
F. Salas1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - B. Hand (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Chacin 40-30, C. Stammen 50-33, M. Diaz 22-11, K. Yates 15-12, B. Hand 17-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Chacin 1-1, C. Stammen 5-3, M. Diaz 2-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Chacin 10, C. Stammen 13, M. Diaz 6, K. Yates 5, B. Hand 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - M. Harvey 103-60, J. Smoker 13-11, P. Sewald 21-15, J. Blevins 12-8, F. Salas 18-12
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Harvey 3-5, J. Smoker 1-0, P. Sewald 2-0
  • Batters Faced - M. Harvey 21, J. Smoker 4, P. Sewald 5, J. Blevins 3, F. Salas 4
  • 7TH INNING
    Duda singled to right center, Lagares scored, Flores out at third39
  • 6TH INNING
    Schimpf homered to right38
  • 4TH INNING
    Conforto homered to center28
  • 2ND INNING
    Hedges grounded out to third, Renfroe scored27
    Spangenberg grounded out to first, Schimpf scored, Renfroe to third17
  • 1ST INNING
    Conforto singled to deep left, Duda and Rivera scored07
    Duda doubled to left center, Walker and Flores scored05
    Flores singled to shallow right, Bruce scored, Walker to third03
    Granderson hit sacrifice fly to center, Reyes scored, Bruce to third02
    Conforto homered to right center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • F. Salas Pitching:
    • E. Aybar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Aybar flied out to deep center
    • Allen Cordoba hit for Brad Hand
    • A. Cordoba: Strike looking, Ball, Cordoba lined out to shortstop
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jerry Blevins relieved Paul Sewald
    • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Schimpf struck out swinging
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Renfroe doubled to deep right
    • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
    • Fernando Salas pitching
    • T.J. Rivera at first
    • A. Hedges: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Hedges struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Brad Hand relieved Kirby Yates
    • R. Rivera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rivera struck out looking
    • T. Rivera: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Conforto hit by pitch
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Reyes flied out to deep left
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Paul Sewald pitching
    • E. Aybar: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Aybar grounded out to first
    • Carlos Asuaje hit for Miguel Diaz
    • C. Asuaje: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Asuaje grounded out to second
    • M. Margot: Ball, Margot singled to left
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Solarte singled to center, Margot to second
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Kirby Yates pitching
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Strike swinging, Lagares singled to left center
    • N. Walker: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • C. Granderson: Pickoff attempt, Granderson flied out to deep right
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Flores singled to center, Lagares to second
    • L. Duda: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Duda singled to right center, Lagares scored, Flores out at third
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Josh Smoker relieved Matt Harvey
    • R. Schimpf: Schimpf homered to right
    • H. Renfroe: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Renfroe struck out swinging
    • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Spangenberg grounded out to second
    • A. Hedges: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Reynolds hit for Josh Smoker
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Conforto grounded out to first
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Reyes flied out to deep right
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Chase d'Arnaud hit for Craig Stammen
    • C. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, d'Arnaud struck out looking
    • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • Y. Solarte: Foul, Ball, Foul, Solarte singled to right center
    • W. Myers: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Myers struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Miguel Diaz pitching
    • W. Flores: Ball, Ball, Flores fouled out to catcher
    • L. Duda: Ball, Duda lined out to right
    • R. Rivera: Ball, Rivera grounded out to first
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • H. Renfroe: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Renfroe struck out looking
    • C. Spangenberg: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Spangenberg popped out to first
    • A. Hedges: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Hedges walked
    • E. Aybar: Ball, Ball, Aybar reached on an infield single to first, Hedges out, hit by batted ball attempting to advance
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Stammen Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Conforto homered to center
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Reyes lined out to center
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Walker singled to right center
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Granderson grounded out to first
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • C. Stammen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Stammen walked
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Margot reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Stammen out at second
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Solarte walked, Margot to second
    • W. Myers: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Myers struck out on foul tip
    • R. Schimpf: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Schimpf lined out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Stammen Pitching:
    • W. Flores: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Flores grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Duda: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Duda singled to deep left
    • R. Rivera: Ball, Rivera flied out to deep left
    • M. Harvey: Ball, Ball, Harvey flied out to center
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • M. Harvey Pitching:
    • R. Schimpf: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Schimpf walked
    • H. Renfroe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Renfroe doubled to deep center, Schimpf to third
    • C. Spangenberg: Spangenberg grounded out to first, Schimpf scored, Renfroe to third
    • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Hedges grounded out to third, Renfroe scored
    • E. Aybar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Aybar lined out to right
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Stammen Pitching:
    • J. Bruce: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bruce struck out swinging
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Ball, Walker grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Granderson grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • M. Margot: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Solarte popped out to shortstop
    • W. Myers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Myers flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chacin Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Conforto homered to right center
    • J. Reyes: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Reyes singled to right
    • J. Bruce: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bruce singled to left, Reyes to second
    • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Walker singled to deep left, Reyes to third, Bruce to second
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson hit sacrifice fly to center, Reyes scored, Bruce to third
    • W. Flores: Strike looking, Foul, Flores singled to shallow right, Bruce scored, Walker to third
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda doubled to left center, Walker and Flores scored
    • R. Rivera: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Rivera singled to right, Duda to third
    • M. Harvey: Ball, Harvey grounded out to third, Rivera to second
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Conforto singled to deep left, Duda and Rivera scored
    • Craig Stammen relieved Jhoulys Chacin
    • J. Reyes: Strike looking, Ball, Reyes grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (7 Runs, 8 Hits, 0 Errors)