Callaway beats former boss as surging Mets top Indians 9-2

NEW YORK (AP) Commit a mistake against the New York Mets these days and they are poised to make you pay.

Michael Conforto hit a tiebreaking homer moments after an embarrassing error by Cleveland Indians left fielder Oscar Mercado, and the resurgent Mets rolled from there to a 9-2 victory Tuesday night.

''We just have guys stepping up left and right,'' Conforto said. ''Just guys getting big hits in big situations. That's what it's all about.''

J.D. Davis also launched a two-run shot and Steven Matz (8-7) permitted one earned run in 6 1/3 innings as the Mets opened a critical homestand against a trio of pennant contenders with a resounding performance. New York (65-60), which remained two games out of a wild-card spot, has won 19 of 24 to match a season high at five games over .500.

''I think we all knew that even (though) it's August, playoffs started today,'' Davis said. ''We have to have that playoff mentality, that playoff atmosphere that every game counts - especially the hole that we dug ourselves into.''

Pete Alonso hit a two-run double to cap a four-run seventh that broke it open, and Mets manager Mickey Callaway bested former boss Terry Francona in Cleveland's first trip to Citi Field.

Before getting the New York job, Callaway enjoyed an extremely successful five-year stint as Indians pitching coach under Francona. The two still keep in touch regularly, and they had a warm visit in a coaches' room at the ballpark in the early afternoon.

''It's kind of cool,'' Callaway said before the game. ''It'll be fun to be across the field from him.''

All-Star Game MVP Shane Bieber (12-6) gave up four runs - two earned - and four hits in six innings for the Indians, who fell three games behind first-place Minnesota in the AL Central. Cleveland still leads the wild-card standings.

Mercado flubbed an easy fly in shallow left in the sixth, and the Mets took advantage.

''I just dropped it,'' Mercado said. ''I thought I had it just like with every other flyball I've caught in my life, but it just popped out of my glove.''

With two outs, Conforto clocked his 27th homer on a 1-2 slider from Bieber for a two-run drive that gave the Mets a 4-2 lead.

''From there, the game just got away from us,'' Francona said.

New York reliever Justin Wilson struck out Francisco Lindor and Mercado with two on to end the seventh.

Amed Rosario and Joe Panik each had an RBI single in the bottom half before Alonso's double gave the rookie 97 RBIs.

''They're relentless,'' Callaway said about his lineup. ''That's what good teams do - they add on.''

Jason Kipnis homered early and hit an RBI single for the Indians, who split a four-game series at Yankee Stadium last weekend to begin an eight-day stay in New York City.

LAST STOP

Cleveland's only other road series against the Mets came in June 2004 at Shea Stadium. The only current major league ballpark the Indians have never played in is SunTrust Park in Atlanta.

KINGS OF QUEENS

New York has won 11 of 12 at Citi Field. ... Matz is 6-0 with a 2.07 ERA at home this season. ... Davis is batting .390 with a 1.186 OPS in 48 home games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: Two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber was shut down for two weeks with an abdominal strain, an injury he sustained in Sunday's minor league rehab start during his comeback from a broken arm. Francona said it wouldn't be fair to speculate about the likelihood of Kluber returning in time to impact Cleveland's playoff push. ... RHP Jefry Rodriguez (strained shoulder) pitched 1 2/3 innings in a rehab appearance for Double-A Akron. OF Bradley Zimmer (shoulder, oblique) went 1 for 3 with two RBIs as the DH. ... RHP Dan Otero (shoulder inflammation) threw two scoreless innings for Triple-A Columbus. ... LHP Tyler Olson (shingles) was pulled off his rehab assignment because he wasn't feeling well. ... RHP Carlos Carrasco, diagnosed in June with a treatable form of leukemia, is scheduled to pitch Thursday in relief for Akron after making his first appearance Monday. ... OF Jordan Luplow (strained right hamstring) resumed sprinting in Cleveland and will be re-evaluated in a week for a return to baseball activities. He has been hitting and throwing.

Mets: Right-handed reliever Robert Gsellman, placed on the injured list last weekend, has a partially torn lat muscle that puts the rest of his season in jeopardy. ... Davis returned to the lineup after missing two starts last weekend while nursing a sore calf. ... OF Brandon Nimmo moved to Triple-A Syracuse on his rehab assignment and played center field for five innings. He went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Nimmo has been sidelined since May 21 because of a bulging disk in his neck. ... INF Jed Lowrie began a rehab assignment as the DH for Class A St. Lucie and went 1 for 4 with an RBI.

UP NEXT

Indians RHP Adam Plutko (5-3, 4.67 ERA) starts the second game of the series Wednesday night against RHP Marcus Stroman, who is 7-11 with a 3.21 ERA overall this season between the Blue Jays and Mets. Plutko won last week at Yankee Stadium.

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CLE74-52
010100000262
NYM65-60
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  • W: S. Matz (8-7)L: S. Bieber (12-6)
  • HR: CLE - J. Kipnis (13), NYM - M. Conforto (27), J. Davis (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40100012.298.353.518.8711.5
O. Mercado LF40000013.282.329.450.779-0.5
C. Santana 1B40000011.290.411.543.954-0.5
Y. Puig RF41000020.263.316.484.8000.0
J. Ramirez 3B40100010.253.324.460.7840.5
J. Kipnis 2B41221010.255.316.415.7307.5
R. Perez C30100112.229.314.458.7722.5
G. Allen CF40100014.239.298.393.6900.5
S. Bieber P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- F. Reyes PH00000100.239.295.494.7881.0
A. Cimber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Wood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Maton P0000-000.250.250.250.000-
b- T. Naquin PH10000011.281.311.470.781-0.5
  • a-walked for Bieber in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Maton in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rosario SS41210101.293.332.452.7845.0
J. Panik 2B42110001.243.314.325.6404.0
L. Avilan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Sewald P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
P. Alonso 1B40120012.271.374.603.9773.5
M. Conforto RF41121021.258.366.500.8666.0
W. Ramos C41100001.279.346.412.7582.0
J. Davis LF31121011.312.374.522.8966.5
R. Tejada 2B10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
T. Frazier 3B40100020.232.303.416.7200.0
J. Lagares CF22000200.212.282.295.5774.0
S. Matz P20000010.262.262.333.595-0.5
J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. Davis PH-LF21110002.333.333.7781.1114.0
  • a-hit into fielder's choice-bunting for Wilson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Lindor (31), R. Perez (8)
  • HR - J. Kipnis (13)
  • RBI - J. Kipnis 2 (58)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Kipnis (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado 2 (2), C. Santana, G. Allen, S. Bieber 2 (2), T. Naquin
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Alonso (26), R. Davis
  • HR - M. Conforto (27), J. Davis (15)
  • RBI - A. Rosario (54), J. Panik (30), P. Alonso 2 (97), M. Conforto 2 (75), J. Davis 2 (43), R. Davis (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Conforto 2 (24), R. Davis (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario, P. Alonso, W. Ramos, J. Davis
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Allen (6)
  • E - F. Lindor (7), O. Mercado (6)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Frazier (10)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Bieber (L, 12-6)6.04421723.261.0012.5
A. Cimber0.12331004.181.29-6.0
H. Wood0.22110002.751.17-3.0
P. Maton1.01111107.061.500.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Bieber (L, 12-6)6.0
A. Cimber0.1
H. Wood0.2
P. Maton1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (W, 8-7)6.15212714.181.3423.5
J. Wilson (H, 8)0.20000202.491.341.0
L. Avilan1.00000004.301.483.0
P. Sewald1.01000303.381.003.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (W, 8-7)6.1
J. Wilson (H, 8)0.2
L. Avilan1.0
P. Sewald1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - H. Wood (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 83-58, A. Cimber 12-8, H. Wood 19-14, P. Maton 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 4-8, A. Cimber 1-0, H. Wood 1-1, P. Maton 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 24, A. Cimber 4, H. Wood 4, P. Maton 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 98-58, J. Wilson 7-6, L. Avilan 10-5, P. Sewald 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 6-7, L. Avilan 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 27, J. Wilson 2, L. Avilan 3, P. Sewald 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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NYM65-60
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS40100012.298.353.518.8711.5
O. Mercado LF40000013.282.329.450.779-0.5
C. Santana 1B40000011.290.411.543.954-0.5
Y. Puig RF41000020.263.316.484.8000.0
J. Ramirez 3B40100010.253.324.460.7840.5
J. Kipnis 2B41221010.255.316.415.7307.5
R. Perez C30100112.229.314.458.7722.5
G. Allen CF40100014.239.298.393.6900.5
S. Bieber P20000022.000.000.000.000-1.0
a- F. Reyes PH00000100.239.295.494.7881.0
A. Cimber P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Wood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Maton P0000-000.250.250.250.000-
b- T. Naquin PH10000011.281.311.470.781-0.5
Total34262121215-----
  • a-walked for Bieber in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Maton in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Rosario SS41210101.293.332.452.7845.0
J. Panik 2B42110001.243.314.325.6404.0
L. Avilan P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
P. Sewald P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
P. Alonso 1B40120012.271.374.603.9773.5
M. Conforto RF41121021.258.366.500.8666.0
W. Ramos C41100001.279.346.412.7582.0
J. Davis LF31121011.312.374.522.8966.5
R. Tejada 2B10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
T. Frazier 3B40100020.232.303.416.7200.0
J. Lagares CF22000200.212.282.295.5774.0
S. Matz P20000010.262.262.333.595-0.5
J. Wilson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- R. Davis PH-LF21110002.333.333.7781.1114.0
Total349992389-----
  • a-hit into fielder's choice-bunting for Wilson in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - F. Lindor (31), R. Perez (8)
  • HR - J. Kipnis (13)
  • RBI - J. Kipnis 2 (58)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Kipnis (24)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - O. Mercado 2 (2), C. Santana, G. Allen, S. Bieber 2 (2), T. Naquin
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Alonso (26), R. Davis
  • HR - M. Conforto (27), J. Davis (15)
  • RBI - A. Rosario (54), J. Panik (30), P. Alonso 2 (97), M. Conforto 2 (75), J. Davis 2 (43), R. Davis (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Conforto 2 (24), R. Davis (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Rosario, P. Alonso, W. Ramos, J. Davis
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - G. Allen (6)
  • E - F. Lindor (7), O. Mercado (6)
FIELDING
  • E - T. Frazier (10)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Bieber (L, 12-6)6.04421723.261.0012.5
A. Cimber0.12331004.181.29-6.0
H. Wood0.22110002.751.17-3.0
P. Maton1.01111107.061.500.5
Total8.0997382---
PITCHERSIP
S. Bieber (L, 12-6)6.0
A. Cimber0.1
H. Wood0.2
P. Maton1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Matz (W, 8-7)6.15212714.181.3423.5
J. Wilson (H, 8)0.20000202.491.341.0
L. Avilan1.00000004.301.483.0
P. Sewald1.01000303.381.003.5
Total9.06212121---
PITCHERSIP
S. Matz (W, 8-7)6.1
J. Wilson (H, 8)0.2
L. Avilan1.0
P. Sewald1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - H. Wood (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 83-58, A. Cimber 12-8, H. Wood 19-14, P. Maton 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 4-8, A. Cimber 1-0, H. Wood 1-1, P. Maton 2-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 24, A. Cimber 4, H. Wood 4, P. Maton 5
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Matz 98-58, J. Wilson 7-6, L. Avilan 10-5, P. Sewald 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Matz 6-7, L. Avilan 1-2
  • Batters Faced - S. Matz 27, J. Wilson 2, L. Avilan 3, P. Sewald 4
  • 8TH INNING
    Davis doubled to deep left, Lagares scored29
  • 7TH INNING
    Alonso doubled to left center, Rosario and Panik scored28
    Panik singled to left, Davis scored, Rosario to second26
    Rosario singled to center, Lagares scored, Davis to third25
  • 6TH INNING
    Conforto homered to right center, Panik scored24
  • 4TH INNING
    Kipnis singled to shallow center, Puig scored, Ramirez to second22
  • 2ND INNING
    Davis homered to center, Ramos scored12
    Kipnis homered to right10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Paul Sewald relieved Luis Avilan
    • J. Kipnis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kipnis struck out swinging
    • R. Perez: Ball, Perez doubled to deep right
    • G. Allen: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Allen struck out on foul tip
    • Tyler Naquin hit for Phil Maton
    • T. Naquin: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Naquin struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Luis Avilan pitching
    • Ruben Tejada at second base
    • Ca. Santana: Ball, Santana grounded out to third
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Puig lined out to third
    • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez lined out to center
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Phil Maton relieved Hunter Wood
    • Ru. Tejada: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tejada struck out swinging
    • T. Frazier: Frazier grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lagares walked
    • R. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Davis doubled to deep left, Lagares scored
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Rosario grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • R. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • G. Allen: Strike looking, Allen reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • Franmil Reyes hit for Shane Bieber
    • F. Reyes: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Reyes walked, Allen to second
    • Justin Wilson relieved Steven Matz
    • F. Lindor: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
    • O. Mercado: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul tip, Mercado struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Adam Cimber pitching
    • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier singled to right
    • J. Lagares: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lagares walked, Frazier to second
    • Rajai Davis hit for Justin Wilson
    • R. Davis: Davis reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Frazier out at third, Lagares to second
    • A. Rosario: Strike looking, Rosario singled to center, Lagares scored, Davis to third
    • Hunter Wood relieved Adam Cimber
    • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Panik singled to left, Davis scored, Rosario to second
    • P. Alonso: Strike swinging, Foul, Alonso doubled to left center, Rosario and Panik scored
    • M. Conforto: Foul, Ball, Alonso to third on wild pitch, Conforto popped out to shortstop
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ramos grounded out to first
    • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Puig struck out looking
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Kipnis flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Rosario grounded out to second
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Panik safe at first on left fielder Mercado fielding error, Panik to second
    • P. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Alonso struck out looking
    • M. Conforto: Ball, Foul, Foul, Conforto homered to right center, Panik scored
    • W. Ramos: Ramos safe at first on shortstop Lindor throwing error
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Davis flied out to deep left
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 2 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lindor flied out to right
    • O. Mercado: Ball, Mercado lined out to center
    • Ca. Santana: Santana grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • J. Lagares: Lagares grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Matz: Matz flied out to deep center
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Puig safe at first on 3rd baseman Frazier fielding error
    • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez singled to center, Puig to second
    • J. Kipnis: Kipnis singled to shallow center, Puig scored, Ramirez to second
    • R. Perez: Perez flied out to deep left
    • G. Allen: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Allen reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Ramirez to third, Kipnis out at second
    • S. Bieber: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Bieber struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • W. Ramos: Ball, Ball, Ramos flied out to left
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • S. Bieber: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bieber struck out looking
    • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lindor doubled to deep left
    • O. Mercado: Strike looking, Mercado grounded out to third
    • Ca. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Santana grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • S. Matz: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Matz struck out swinging
    • A. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rosario walked
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Panik popped out to third
    • P. Alonso: Ball, Alonso reached on fielder's choice to third, Rosario out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Puig struck out looking
    • J. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez flied out to left
    • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kipnis homered to right
    • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Perez walked
    • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Allen fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • M. Conforto: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Conforto struck out swinging
    • W. Ramos: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ramos singled to left center
    • J. Davis: Foul, Davis homered to center, Ramos scored
    • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
    • J. Lagares: Ball, Ball, Lagares flied out to center
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • S. Matz Pitching:
    • F. Lindor: Ball, Ball, Lindor grounded out to shortstop
    • O. Mercado: Mercado lined out to right
    • Ca. Santana: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Bieber Pitching:
    • A. Rosario: Rosario singled to left center, Rosario out at second
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Strike looking, Panik flied out to deep center
    • P. Alonso: Alonso popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)