Curtis Granderson hammers a long fly ball over the wall in right-center for a two-run homer, giving the Mets a 9-0 lead in the 9th
Conforto is expected to hit in the middle of the order the rest of the season. He started 68 games in the leadoff spot.
"I think that's where he needs to be," Mets manager Terry Collins said before the game. "He did a tremendous job leading off. Now, he's going to be in the middle of the lineup. We'll just see how he's going to handle it. The way he's swinging, I think it's going to be great."
Flores jump-starts Mets: First baseman Wilmer Flores hit a three-run homer to center field in the first inning to hand the Mets a 3-0 lead. It was his 14th homer of the season, and an important one for Flores, who figures to see his playing time diminish after the Mets Curtis Granderson hit a two-run homer in the ninth. It was the Mets' 51st homer in their past 23 games at Citizens Bank Park.
Mets: Smith will debut when the Mets return to Citizens Bank Park for a 7:05 p.m. ET game Friday against the Phillies. Smith will play behind right-hander Seth Lugo (5-3, 4.55 ERA), who is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA his last two starts.
Phillies: Pivetta (4-7, 5.89 ERA) faces the Mets in the second game of the four-game series. Pivetta continues to be wildly inconsistent. He has pitched six or more innings in just six of his 16 starts, and he has allowed five or more runs in four of his past eight starts.
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