Robert Gsellman pitched a career-high seven innings and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a grand slam as the Mets walloped the Phillies, 17-0, in the regular-season finale at Citi Field on Sunday.
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- Gsellman (3-2) worked a career-high seven innings and allowed three hits and two walks while striking out a personal-best eight batters. His bunt single in the second was his first Major League hit.
- Cabrera's third career grand slam and 23rd home run of the year was the Mets' seventh slam of the season. Jose Reyes enjoyed four consecutive at-bats with the bases loaded, walking twice and hitting a two-run double during New York's six-run eighth inning. Reyes and Cabrera each drove in four runs.
- James Loney produced the Mets' first run of the game with a double play. Curtis Granderson's 30th homer of the season increased New York's lead to 2-0 in the fourth.
- T.J. Rivera reached base four times and chipped in with an RBI single, extending his hitting streak to nine games. Eric Campbell had a two-run single and Michael Conforto added a two-run double in the eighth.
- In addition to collecting 14 hits, the Mets walked nine times and were hit by pitches four times.
To read the full AP recap and box score, click here.
Terry Collins on Gsellman: "Hopefully we get to the postseason. He's got to be a part of it. I thought it was really, really important to build him up to the 100 pitches, so whether he throws 70 or 75 pitches in a playoff game, it's easier for him."
Collins on the final week: "We've got six games to go. We're going to run, basically, our two best pitchers out there twice each. Tomorrow is going to be a rough one for everybody, because I'm sure they're going to be all fired up not only to beat us, but in honor of Jose [Fernandez]. But we've got to do what we've been doing -- go out and play, execute. We've got to feel good because we've got Bart going tomorrow night, because if anybody can handle those situations, it's him. We'll see what happens."
Gsellman on his start: "I'm pretty comfortable. I'm getting more confident and just keeping it rolling."
Collins on Monday's game in Miami: "Tomorrow is going to be a tough day. Tomorrow is really going to be a tough one. But we got through this one today. Robert Gsellman was real, real good. I'm glad it's over. And I'll be glad when tomorrow is over, I'll tell you."
News and notes…
- New York finished with a 44-37 record at Citi Field, winning 15 of its last 21 games at home. At worst, they will remain tied with the Giants for the first Wild Card spot.
- The Mets have defeated the Phillies 10 or more times in five consecutive seasons while winning 13 of the last 15 series. New York is 10-6 against Philadelphia with three games remaining.
- The Mets tied a club record by scoring at least eight runs in four straight home games, joining the 2000 squad. New York tallied 44 runs in the four games, including 28 against the Phillies' bullpen. The 17-0 victory was the largest shutout win in club history.
- Granderson reached the 30-home run mark for the fourth time in his career and for the first time since 2012. He and Cespedes are the first Mets teammates to hit 30 or more home runs in the same year since David Wright (33) and Carlos Delgado (38) did it in 2008.
- Gsellman has surrendered two runs in his last three starts spanning 18 innings.
The Mets (83-73) begin their final road trip of the regular season with what will surely be an emotional game against the Marlins (77-78) at Marlins Park on Monday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on SNY. Bartolo Colon (14-7, 3.12 ERA, 1.19 WHIP) opens the series for New York having lost just once in his last 10 starts. With the tragic news of Jose Fernandez's death and the cancellation of their game on Sunday, the Marlins have not announced a starter for the game.