Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Mets' streak reaches eight

NEW YORK — Michael Conforto and the bats are booming. Jacob deGrom and the pitchers are peaking. And the defense is making the key plays.

A year after the Mets stamped themselves as serious contenders with a big winning streak in April, they're rolling again.

"There's not much that we're not doing," manager Terry Collins said.

Conforto and Wilmer Flores homered and New York won its eighth in a row, building an early lead for deGrom and holding off the Giants 6-5 Saturday.

"It just seems relentless," Conforto said.

The defending NL champions have won 11 of 12. They could be poised for an even more impressive run; next week, they play seven games against the last-place Braves and Padres.

The crowd of 44,466 was the largest for a regular-season game at Citi Field since the park opened in 2009, with a lot of fans attracted by the Noah Syndergaard Garden Gnome giveaway.

The Mets almost gave away the game, too.

Ahead 6-3 in the eighth inning, they walked two batters and let the Giants load the bases with no outs. Hunter Pence's bid for a go-ahead grand slam was caught just in front of the centerfield wall for a sacrifice fly.

Brandon Crawford followed with another sacrifice fly, a liner that rightfielder Curtis Granderson jumped to backhand on the warning track.

"Two long popups," Collins kidded.

"That's a tough one for the guys, because they put up quite an effort there to get back in it and try to win that ballgame," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "Two balls to just miss like that, that's a tough one for them."

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