SEATTLE — Local boy makes good. Real good.
Michael Conforto had joked before Friday night’s game that Safeco Field looked much smaller now than when he played here in a high school showcase several years ago. Conforto then preceded to make the ballpark look even smaller.
With the Redmond, Wash., native smashing two home runs – including a game-tying blast in the eighth inning — the Mets rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Mariners and snapped their two-game losing skid.
Conforto’s cheering section of about 30 friends and family members, in addition to a strong contingent of Mets fans, could be seen and heard heard throughout.
“The last time I was here on the field I was 16 years old and taking batting practice and wasn’t getting anywhere close to hitting balls out of this park,” Conforto said. “Now it feels a little smaller, so it definitely was surreal.
“For my family and friends to be here, I had so many friends in the center-field bar area just wearing me out, so that was fun. Just a fun game all the way around.”
After Conforto homered leading off the eighth to tie it 5-5, Neil Walker’s RBI single off David Phelps scored the go-ahead run before Curtis Granderson stroked a run-scoring single for insurance.
The late barrage pardoned Rafael Montero, who unraveled in the fifth inning, when the Mariners scored four runs to take a 5-4 lead.
But the Mets received strong bullpen work, led by Hansel Robles, Jerry Blevins, Paul Sewald and Addison Reed, who combined for 5¹/₃ scoreless innings.
Montero, who had pitched respectably in his previous three starts, rolled into the fifth and then simply stopped recording outs. Overall the right-hander lasted 4²/₃ innings and allowed five earned runs on three hits with five walks and five strikeouts.
Kyle Seager’s two-run single against in Josh Edgin was the big hit in an inning the Mariners capitalized on three…