Jacob deGrom struck out seven and gave up four hits in the Mets' win.
Still, in a rematch of the 2016 National League wild-card game, the Mets rebounded, at least for one game, manhandling the equally underachieving Giants by 11-4.
He's 8 for 18 with three home runs in his last four games at AT&T Park going back to last season. Cueto might have the recent history, but the Mets will employ the hot pitcher Saturday in deGrom. Now 5-7 on the year Cueto will bring a 4.42 ERA and 1.30 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Mets.
Against the Giants, deGrom (7-3) allowed one earned run - a solo shot by Brandon Belt to lead off the seventh inning - over eight innings of work. That was his seventh home run of the season while raising his average to.295. He's won just once in his last nine starts, allowing a 4.13 ERA over that stretch.
Lugo was stoked to a 6-1 lead after the top of the second and pitched a solid first five innings before allowing three runs in the sixth. The Mets plated two in that inning, with Michael Conforto's pinch-hit single scoring Reyes one batter later.
Nevertheless, there was concern that Cabrera's trade request, coupled with the fact the Mets have many players in the final years of contracts, could create a team full of distracted players wondering if they might soon be dealt elsewhere.
After Cabrera walked and Yoenis Cespedes struck out, Bruce smacked a Steven Okert pitch into right field to plate Granderson with the go-ahead run. He almost exited without a decision, but the Mets rallied for three runs over the eighth and ninth innings.
Gorkys Hernandez hit a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the sixth off Lugo that spoiled his bid for a fifth straight quality start.
Flores: Went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and walk. But the Mets' tall right-hander struck out Belt and Brandon Crawford in succession to end that threat.
In his second game at second base this season, Asdrubal Cabrera made a diving grab to his left on Austin Slaters' hopper into the gap and threw him out at first from his knees. He's 4-4 with a 3.75 ERA in 12 career starts against the Mets.
The performance was the best by a Mets starting pitcher since deGrom had taken the ball six days earlier and stifled the Nationals over eight innings. He finished with two hits and two RBIs for the Mets, who had five of their 10 hits go for extra bases.
NY will look to sweep the series from San Francisco when Rafael Montero starts in Matt Harvey's place tomorrow, facing off against Matt Moore in the series finale at 4:05 pm Eastern.