Mets trounce Harvey again, split series in Baltimore
After getting rocked by the Orioles' offense in the first game of their set to the tune of a 10-3 loss, the Mets' offense came ready to play in the next game. Against a former friend in Matt Harvey, the Mets put up seven runs in the first three innings, punctuated by home runs from Pete Alonso, who had three in the series, and Kevin Pillar, who had two in the game. In both of Harvey's starts against the Mets this year, he has allowed seven runs. Pillar wasn't the only Met with two homers in the game, as Billy McKinney would tack on two more off the Orioles' bullpen. Taijuan Walker got the start for New York and cruised through seven innings with nine strikeouts, a nice bounce-back after his rough outing in San Diego. He now leads MLB in home runs allowed per nine innings (0.3) and he is top five in earned run average (2.07). The Mets reached 30 wins with this series split, becoming the first NL East team to do so, despite playing three less games than all of their division rivals.