The team's ace pitcher, Madison Bumgarner, shut down the Mets in the one-game playoff, but the Giants' season ended with a three-games-to-one loss to the Cubs in the NLDS. It was only the second time this season the Mets have swept a series of any length. His battle with blisters has caused his numbers to drop to a 4.42 ERA in 15 starts with 90 strikeouts in 93.2 innings.
Conforto was diagnosed with a contusion on his left hand and x-rays were negative.
Mets outfielder Michael Conforto was hit by a 92 miles per hour offering from Matt Moore in the fifth inning.
Rafael Montero gave the Mets what they needed. Through 16 starts, he has a 6.04 ERA and 1.61 WHIP. He filled in for Zack Wheeler on Sunday with team staffers hoping his recent success would translate.
After signing a six-year contract worth $130 million last offseason, the Giants starter is expected to opt out of his deal with the team after this season, FanRag's Jon Heyman reported. He also bailed out the Mets by throwing out Hunter Pence trying to steal second and made a sliding catch in front of the backstop on a ball he thought would hit the screen. He instead challenged hitters Sunday and made some key pitches in critical spots. Johnny Cueto was solid, giving up just one run on five hits while striking out three over seven innings of work, not factoring in the decision.
- With two on and no outs in the sixth, the Giants sent the runners to make sure Buster Posey didn't hit into a double play.
Bruce and Rivera finished with three RBIs apiece for the Mets, who have hit 27 home runs in their last 14 games.
Crick allowed two runs in the ninth in his AT&T Park debut to seal it.
Bruce upped his potential trade value with his home run. "That's exactly what we wanted to see", manager Terry Collins said. "It will be a great test for him today". Jay Bruce and Michael Conforto each added an RBI of their own in the win for the Mets.
In his second career win, Montero (1-4) limited the Giants to one run on five hits, walked two and struck out seven.
The second-year Giant will take the National League's third-worst ERA (5.82) to the mound, a figure that's ballooned in June, when he's allowed 19 runs and 31 hits in 20 innings.
Ty Blach (4-5) gave up seven runs in three innings. He was on the hook for a tough loss until Brandon Belt hit deGrom's first pitch of the seventh inning into the left-field seats for his first homer of the year to tie it 1-1.