SAN FRANCISCO — Asdrubal Cabrera asked for a trade before Friday’s game then went out and tried to prove his value. The former shortstop who was upset that the Mets would not pick up his 2018 option in return for him moving positions, had three hits and looked sharp defensively as the Mets beat the Giants 11-4 at AT&T Park.
That — and the fact they were facing the floundering Giants — helped the Mets snap a four-game losing streak.
The Mets (32-41) won for just the third time in their last 11 games. The Giants (27-49) lost for the 12th time in their last 15 games.
Cabrera, who asked his agent to tell the Mets to trade him after learning that he would play second, had played 210 career games at second in his career, though the last time was in 2014. He was unhappy when he was told of the switch Friday afternoon.
“We had a conversation and certainly I am never here to embarrass anybody, I would never do that in my wildest imaginations, so there was a discussion, I made a decision and so he’s going to play second base tonight,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “In my opinion that gives us the best chance to win the game.”
And while Cabrera was unhappy, he promised he would not let it affect his game.
“I got to do my job, no matter what position. Try to help my team. My teammates, I have to help them, help my team,” Cabrera said. “I am just playing for my guys, my players, my teammates, I am going to do my 100%.”
And he did.
Cabrera, who was activated from the disabled list before Friday’s game, went 3-for-5, scored two runs and turned a double play at second.
The Mets, who were held to a combined four hits in the last two games combined, pounded 20 hits Friday night.
Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-5 and drove in three runs, including a two-run homer in the Mets’ six-run second inning. Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs. Lucas Duda homered and had two doubles last night. Seth Lugo, Travis d’Arnaud and WIlmer Flores each doubled in a run. Flores finished with three hits and also had a sacrifice fly as did Curtis Granderson.
The Mets, who scored 11 runs in getting swept in a four-game series with the Dodgers, pounded Giants’ lefthander Ty Blach. They scored seven runs off him on 11 hits and one walk in just three innings.
And a series when Mets pitching gave up a record 15 home runs, Lugo held the Giants in the ballpark Friday. It was the first time in five games the Mets pitchers did not give up a homer.
Lugo allowed four runs on on seven hits and three walks over 5.2 innings work.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Asdrubal Cabrera may not have played second base since 2014, but he didn’t look to have any rust Friday. He looked sharp turning his first double play on Gorkys Hernandez’s ground ball to end the second inning.
Seth Lugo’s RBI doubles sparked the Mets six-run second inning.
STAR OF THE GAME
Yoenis Cespedes went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and a double. He drove in three runs .
20. The Mets had 20 hits in a game for the third time this season.
Michael Conforto snapped an 0-for-9 stretch with a 3-for-4 night, including a double. He drove in two runs.
Jose Reyes went 0-for-3, extending his slump to 1-for-14
Saturday at San Francisco, 7:15 p.m.
RHP Jacob deGrom (6-3, 3.94) vs. RHP Johnny Cueto (5-7, 4.42)