The Mets rode Robinson Cano all the way to a 5-2 victory on Tuesday over the Padres at Citi Field. >> Box score
Four takeaways from Tuesday's game
1) What do you know, Robbie Cano? After hitting just one a home run at Citi Field the first half of the season, the Mets second baseman belted three against the Padres in a 4-for-4 day at the plate on Tuesday. Cano crushed a solo shot in the fourth inning and laced a two-run blast in the sixth, both off ace Chris Paddack. He gave an encore performance in the seventh when he turned on a 95 mph fastball and sent it into the upper deck in right field off reliever Logan Allen to put the Mets up 5-0. Cano is now hitting .342 with five home runs and 10 RBIs since the All-Star break.
2) Jason Vargas turned in another stellar home start at Citi Field. The left-hander was pulled for pinch-hitter JD Davis in the sixth inning after allowing just one hit and four walks while striking out eight in one of his best performances of the season. Vargas also managed to lower his ERA back under 4.00 to 3.96.
3) Justin Wilson did not look sharp in the ninth inning, walking his first two batters before he was lifted in favor of closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander got the first two hitters to pop up before allowing an RBI double in the gap to Fernando Tatis Jr. to bring up the tying run in Manuel Margot, who flied out to left field to end the threat and seal a Mets victory. It marked Diaz's 22nd save of the season.
4) Amed Rosario continued his hot hitting on Tuesday with a base hit in the sixth inning. The shortstop now has a hit in 15 of his last 17 games and is hitting .393 in that span.
The Mets and Padres are back in action again on Tuesday when Noah Syndergaard (7-4, 4.36 ERA) takes the mound opposite Dinelson Lamet (0-2, 5.14 ERA) for San Diego at 7:10 p.m. on SNY.