Conforto’s 2 HR’s Take Bite out of A’s in Big Apple

July 21, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Frankie Montas, center, reacts as New York Mets’ Michael Conforto, left, and Matt Reynolds, right, runs the bases after Conforto hit a two-run home run during the seventh inning of an interleague baseball game Friday, July 21, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

By Matthew Harrington

Michael Conforto hit a pair of homeruns and T.J. Rivera knocked in a pair to help push the New York Mets past the Oakland A’s 7-5 Friday night at Citi Field. Marcus Semien went 4-for-5 for Oakland, knocking in two runs, while Khris Davis, Jed Lowrie and Ryon Healy knocked in runs. Healy exited the game early after taking a Lucas Duda liner to the head. Starter Paul Blackburn gave up 4 earned runs for the A’s while Mets pitcher Steven Matz allowed 3. Neither pitcher went past the 6th inning.

Before taking the line drive to his head, Healy opened the scoring in the game, singling Rajai Davis home in the 1st inning for an A’s 1-0 lead. Conforto would take Blackburn deep for his first two-run homer of the night in the bottom of the 3rd for a 2-1 edge.

The A’s took the lead after Semien (single) and Davis (sacrifice fly) knocked in runs for a 3-2 5th inning lead, but a blunder in the bottom of the 6th proved costly.

With the bases loaded, T.J. Rivera singled up the middle off reliever Blake Treinen, with two runs coming in to score. Rajai Davis fired the ball into 3rd trying to cut down Lucas Duda. The tag was in time, but third baseman Matt Chapman got greedy, trying to gun down Rivera at 2nd as well. His snap throw sailed into center field, allowing Rivera to easily score on the error and see the Mets take a 5-3 lead.

In the following inning, Conforto would take Frankie Montas, recently recalled to the major league team, for his 2nd 2-run homer of the game. His 18th homer of the year gave the Mets a 7-3 advantage.

Jed Lowrie and Semien collected RBI base hits in the top of the 8th inning off reliever Erik Goeddel, but former Athletic Jerry Blevins fired a 1-2-3 inning for his first save of the year.

The A’s most reliable pitcher, Sean Manaea, takes the hill in Flushing for the A’s tomorrow. He’ll be opposed by righty Zach Wheeler.

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