Wilmer Flores' grand slam was one of four homers for the Mets, who won for the fifth time in six games, 9-4, over the Phillies on Friday night at Citi Field.
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- Jose Reyes and Asdrubal Cabrera both went 2-for-4 and hit back-to-back homers leading off the bottom of the first. Cabrera went deep again in the sixth from the left side of the plate and finished with three RBIs. It was the first time in his career he has homered from both sides of the plate in the same game.
- Flores' grand slam came with two outs in the fifth and followed a nine-pitch at-bat by Neil Walker that resulted in a walk to load the bases.
- Bartolo Colon didn't surrender a hit until the fifth and allowed one run on two hits through seven innings before faltering in the eighth. Overall, Colon (12-7) was charged with four runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts in seven-plus innings. He also singled, doubled and scored twice.
- Walker returned from the Paternity Leave List and went 1-for-3 with a walk. After missing Thursday's finale in St. Louis, Jay Bruce was also back in the starting lineup and struck out in each of his four at-bats.
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Terry Collins on Flores' slam: "That moment was huge because we weren't able to break it open [earlier]. We had some opportunities and couldn't capitalize on it…I thought that was certainly the biggest hit of the game for us."
Collins on Colon: "I can't come up with the name of a guy who we could have had who's done a better job than he has. Not only has he been the healthiest of the bunch, he's won big games for us, a lot of big games for us. … You talk about a guy in his spot that eats up innings, this guy does more than eat up innings. You look, he's deep in games, he keeps you in games. I'll tell you, without him, I don't know where we'd be right now."
Flores on the fans asking for a curtain call: "It feels good. They make me feel good every time they do something like that. It's real special."
News and notes…
- New York has scored 121 runs in its last 25 games, an average of 4.84 per game. They have hit 46 homers in their last 29 home contests and 83 overall in Queens, two shy of the club record at Citi Field set last year.
- The back-to-back homers by Reyes and Cabrera represented the 10th time New York has done so this season, a club record. It was only the second time in franchise history the Mets opened a game with consecutive home runs. Reyes and Ruben Gotay accomplished it in 2007.
- Reyes and Curtis Granderson share the franchise mark for leadoff homers with 18.
- Flores' 10 homers against southpaws are the third most in baseball. He went 1-for-3 against Phillies' lefty Adam Morgan, making him 32-for-93 (.344) with 10 homers versus left-handers this season.
- Colon's 20 wins at Citi Field are second behind Jon Niese (26) for the most in the ballpark's eight-season history.
- Cabrera is 11-for-28 (.393) with four doubles, two homers and seven RBIs in seven games since returning from the disabled list. He became the first Met to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game since Carlos Beltran in 2011.
- Justin Ruggiano was removed from the game in the bottom of the sixth with a sore left shoulder.
- T.J. Rivera was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Walker.
The Mets (65-63) look to continue their hot hitting against the Phillies (59-69) from Citi Field on Saturday night at 7:10 p.m. ET on PIX11. Noah Syndergaard (11-7, 2.61 ERA) will be aiming to win his third consecutive game following a six-start winless streak. Jeremy Hellickson (10-7, 3.60 ERA) goes for Philadelphia having posted a 2.45 ERA in his last 10 starts and winning six of seven decisions.