The Mets hit four home runs for the second straight day to power their way to a 12-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday night at Citi Field.
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- The Mets trailed 1-0 in the bottom of the third before scoring 12 unanswered runs. Asdrubal Cabrera, Yoenis Cespedes, Kelly Johnson and Neil Walker all went deep for New York. Jose Reyes and Cabrera each had three hits and scored twice while Walker finished 2-for-3 with a pair of walks.
- Cabrera's third homer in two games gave New York a 2-1 lead in the third. Cespedes' three-run homer with two outs in the fourth opened up a 5-1 edge. The Mets broke it open in the seventh when Alejandro De Aza hit a two-run double and Johnson blasted a pinch-hit grand slam two batters later. Walker added a solo shot in the eighth.
- Noah Syndergaard (12-7) held the Phillies to one run on two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in seven innings to win his third consecutive start. He improved to 4-0 with a 1.37 ERA in four career starts against Philadelphia.
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Terry Collins on the Mets: "There's some confidence in there right now. Some guys are coming through that hadn't been coming through. We've been talking endlessly about not getting hits with runners in scoring position. Right now, we are. It looks like a completely different team…The energy's just different in the room right now."
Collins on the return of Cespedes: "When we got Ces back in the lineup, you could almost hear a sigh of, 'OK, we got our guy back, let's all just calm down, go back to what we do best.' I think you're seeing better at-bats out of a lot of guys. Certainly getting 'Cabby' back was obviously big. Guys look around, and all of a sudden the lineup has gotten a lot deeper in the last week."
Cespedes on the club's mood: "The energy that we're in right now, it's taking us back to the last two months of last season."
Syndergaard on the team's recent play: "There's a great atmosphere in the clubhouse, you got a lot of energetic, veteran guys that are helping guys. All pulling for one another."
News and notes…
- The Mets have won 12 of their last 14 series against the Phillies. They are 21-9 against them dating back to the beginning of last season.
- New York's 87 home runs at Citi Field are the most they've ever hit at the ballpark. Last year's team slugged 85 long balls at home. The 2006 team hit a club-record 96 homers at Shea Stadium.
- The Mets scored nine or more runs for a third straight game for the first time since 2012.
- Johnson's pinch-hit grand slam was the first by a Met since Ike Davis hit one in 2014.
- Reyes is hitting .356 (21-for-59) with 13 runs scored, five extra-base hits and five RBIs in August.
- Since being activated off the disabled list eight games ago, Cabrera is 14-for-32 (.438) with four doubles, three homers and nine RBIs.
- Cespedes has nine home runs and 19 RBIs in 18 games against the Phillies as a member of the Mets.
- Since July 27, Walker is hitting .440 (40-for-91) with three doubles, seven homers, 15 RBIs and 19 runs scored. His 23 long balls match his career high set with the Pirates in 2013.
- Just over a week after he was activated from the disabled list, Justin Ruggiano was placed on the 15-day DL with a sore left shoulder. T.J. Rivera was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets (66-63) will go for a sweep of the Phillies (59-70) on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field beginning at 1:10 p.m. ET on SNY. After earning his first big league win with 3 2/3 innings in relief on Tuesday, Robert Gsellman (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his first Major League start. New York will face right-hander Vince Velasquez (8-6, 4.31 ERA) who is 0-4 with a 6.25 ERA in his last seven starts.