Mets takeaways from Saturday's 4-2 win over D-backs, including Jeff McNeil's two-run HR

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Mets Francisco Lindor Jeff McNeil high five

The Mets won their fourth-straight game, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Saturday night.

Here are some key takeaways...

- Getting the start as an opener, Tommy Hunter threw two scoreless innings and allowed no hits thanks to some great defensive plays from Michael Conforto and Pete Alonso. He struck out one batter and tossed only 35 pitches in the outing, as he was replaced in the third inning by Joey Lucchesi.


- In the third inning, James McCann was called for catcher's interference for the second time of the game on Josh Rojas when he swung and hit McCann's glove. With runners on first and second and two outs, Lucchesi got out of the jam by striking out Christian Walker.

- After Lucchesi drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the third, Jeff McNeil launched his third homer of the season to make it 2-0 Mets. Francisco Lindor walked, and with two outs he stole his 100th career base and first as a Met. The throw from Carson Kelly went past second base and Lindor never stopped running, as he would score from first to give the Mets a 3-0 lead.

- Kevin Pillar showed of defensive skills early on, making two great catches in center field. In the bottom of the fourth, he broke a cold-streak at the plate with a leadoff double. He moved to third on a groundout by Jonathan Villar, but was left stranded after McCann and Lucchesi both struck out.

- With one out in the fifth, Lindor smashed a double over the head of Tim Locastro and off the center field wall. The SS moved to third base on a hard ground out to first by Conforto, but couldn't cross the plate as Alonso flied out to center to end the inning.

- Rojas gave the D-backs their first hit of the night in the sixth, as Lucchesi and Hunter threw a combined five no-hit innings. Alonso mishandled a pick off attempt from Lucchesi, allowing Rojas to move to second on the error. Rojas moved to third on a single by Walker, and would score on a single by David Peralta to make it a 3-1 game. Jeurys Familia replaced Lucchesi after 3.1 innings of relief, allowing one earned run on two hits with three strikeouts.

- Familia got two quick outs in the seventh inning, but found himself in a tough spot with the bases loaded after three consecutive singles. Spotting Walker a 3-0 count, Familia worked his way back and forced the first baseman to ground out to Lindor with Alonso staying on the bag to make a great catch and out.

- Lindor gave the Mets a 4-1 lead with one out in the seventh on a shallow single to center field, scoring McNeil from second. Conforto and Alonso both flied out to center, leaving Lindor stranded on the bases. In the top of the eighth Aaron Loup let up a RBI single to Stephen Vogt, making it a 4-2 game. Trevor May got his first save as a Met, allowing one hit before putting away the final three D-backs.

Highlights

What's next

The Mets will wrap up their three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. on SNY.

Jacob deGrom (2-2, 0.51 ERA) returns after missing his last start with right lat inflammation and will face off against RHP Riley Smith (1-1, 4.91 ERA).

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