Mets first baseman Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-6 with a home run and five RBIs to break out of a slump while the rest of New York's infield combined for six hits and five RBIs in Sunday's 14-2 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park.
The Mets scored five runs in the seventh and five more in the eighth innings to turn a 4-2 lead into a 12-run rout, ending a nine-game road trip as they head home for a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves.
Gonzalez broke out of a 1-for-17 slump with a two-run double in the third inning and a three-run home run off Jordan Lyles in the seventh to break the game open.
"I went into the game just wanting to get a feel for my timing and looking for good pitches to hit," Gonzalez told reporters after the game. "I was just focused on timing and getting quality hits. In my second at-bat, I think it caught more of the plate than he wanted and I hit the double and then I felt good from there."
Amid a report indicating that outfielder Jay Bruce would see time at first base, Gonzalez made a statement with his first multi-hit game since April 19.
"For me, it's just about doing the right things," said Gonzalez, whose batting average dropped from .256 to .200 during the slump. "You can't control where the ball goes. It's just taking a good at-bat. What matters to me is that the guys in the front office are seeing the fact that I'm hitting the ball well, and really, at the end of the day, they're the only ones that matter."
Every other starter (minus pitcher Zack Wheeler) in the lineup had at least two hits. Second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera went 2-for-5 with two RBIs, while shortstop Jose Reyes and third baseman Todd Frazier both homered in the eighth inning.