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Matt Harvey's grand day supplemented by Mets' best offensive day of season

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New York Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin greets New York Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki after his RBI single against the New York Yankees in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

The Mets didn't wait long to begin what they hope is their next winning streak, thumping the Yankees Saturday, 8-2, behind their best offensive performance of the season.

Matt Harvey seized the headlines, allowing two runs and getting within one out of the second complete game of his career. But he got plenty of run support.

The Mets finished with season highs in home runs (three) and runs (eight) and tied for a season best in hits (12).

Lucas Duda, Eric Campbell and Kevin Plawecki went deep for the Mets, who took advantage of Yankee Stadium's cozy confines. The power boost was a departure for the Mets, who began the day with 10 homers, tied for third fewest in the National League.

"We put a lot of good at-bats together and hit a lot of balls hard," said hitting coach Kevin Long, who charted 12 hard-hit balls off Yankees starter CC Sabathia.

Juan Lagares equaled a career high, going 4-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored. Wilmer Flores was 2-for-4, knocked in a run and scored a run.

"Today was a good win for us," Michael Cuddyer said. "Harvey did unbelievable -- outstanding. A couple of big hits by Wilmer, Plawecki's first home run, it's huge. Everybody contributed. It's a good team win."

The Mets could have suffered a letdown after a loss Friday night ended an 11-game winning streak that equaled a franchise best. Instead, they matched strides with the world champion 1986 team, which also went 14-4 through its first 18 games.

"We think we have a good team," manager Terry Collins said. "So to come out today with our best pitcher and putting some runs on the board I thought was huge for us and I thought the game was very, very important for us to win."

The bottom four of the Mets' lineup combined to go 9-for-15 with six RBIs. That surge was powered by Lagares and Flores, both of whom began the season scuffling at the plate.

"It's nice that those guys are picking up the slack when some of us aren't hitting so well," Cuddyer said.

On Friday, Lagares went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, ending what had been a 10-game hitting streak. But he bounced back with a four-hit barrage that included a run-scoring triple in the fourth.

"That's a great feeling because we got a win," said Lagares, who upped his average to .296. "It's one of those days. We felt good out there. I swung at strikes. I wasn't trying to do too much."

Long said he was encouraged by the fact that Lagares' hits came either up the middle or the other way.

"He's been good for about eight days," Long said. "He had a stretch where he was expanding a lot and swinging out of the zone. But he's reined it in and he reined it in quick."

The same went for Flores, who is hitting .291 after extending his career-best hitting streak to eight games.

"He was really chasing, really reaching for everything out over the plate that wasn't strikes," Long said. "He made a quick adjustment. We fixed it in Atlanta, worked on it in Atlanta. And he's taken off since then."

During his streak, Flores is hitting .400 (12-for-30) with eight RBIs. The results have come thanks in part to his focus on selectivity at the plate.

Said Flores: "That's my key right now."

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