PHILADELPHIA -- It is hard to say which Yoenis Cespedes home run impressed the most Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.He crushed three in a 14-4 victory over the Phillies, the second time Cespedes has hit three home runs in a game in his career and the 13th time in
PHILADELPHIA -- It is hard to say which Yoenis Cespedes home run impressed the most Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.
He crushed three in a 14-4 victory over the Phillies, the second time Cespedes has hit three home runs in a game in his career and the 13th time in Mets history a hitter has hit the trifecta. He's also the first Met with a pair of three-homer games.
"It looked like a driving range out there the way he was hitting the ball," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
Cespedes crushed a three-run home run 411 feet to center field in the first inning, smashed a laser 428 feet down the left-field line in the fourth and smoked a towering shot 382 feet to left in the fifth. Statcast™ listed their exit velocities at 105.2 mph, 109.3 mph and 108.3 mph, respectively. He doubled in the seventh to finish 4-for-6 with five RBIs.
• Yoenis first Met with two 3-HR games
"Can you imagine?" Cespedes said. "I think any baseball player that hit three home runs would be having a lot of fun. It wasn't just fun for me, though. It was really great to see the whole team getting hits out there and having fun."
The Phillies had little luck against Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, who allowed five hits, two runs, one walk and struck out six in 5 2/3 innings, before he left with tightness in his left hamstring. Harvey said after the game that the tightness was nothing serious and he expects to make his next start Sunday in Miami.
Maikel Franco hit his first homer of the season in the second off Harvey, a solo home run to left. But other than that, it was the Mets' night.
"Another embarrassing game against the Mets," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said.
Lucas Duda put the exclamation point on the rout in the sixth, when he hit a home run over the batter's eye in center field. It traveled a projected 448 feet, making it the fourth-longest homer in baseball this season, according to Statcast™. Duda hit a solo shot in the ninth for the Mets' seventh home run.
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Buchholz injured: Phillies right-hander Clay Buchholz left in the third with a strained right flexor pronator in his elbow. He will have a MRI on Wednesday, but Mackanin said he will be surprised if Buchholz makes his next start. Buchholz allowed eight hits, six runs, one walk, one home run and struck out two in just 2 1/3 innings before he left with the injury. He has a 12.27 ERA in two starts.
"I've been on the DL for an extended period of time, multiple times," Buchholz said. "It's nothing that you want to happen. For me I've got to find out obviously what it is and then get it taken care of." More >
Stay hot, Cabrera:Asdrubal Cabrera got fired up Monday when Phillies right-hander Edubray Ramos fired a 96-mph fastball over his head. He carried it into Tuesday. He doubled and scored in the first, singled and scored in the second, and homered in the fourth. Cabrera also tagged up and moved from first to second on a popup to catcher Cameron Rupp in the second, later scoring on Jay Bruce's single.
"The whole game, we just made a lot of bad pitches. Hanging sliders all over the place. They didn't miss them." -- Mackanin, on the Mets' seven home runs
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The Mets have hit seven home runs in a game three times in their history. All three have come against the Phillies, including an eight-homer barrage on Aug. 24, 2015. That game also marked the only other time the Mets have collected 14 or more extra-base hits.
The Phillies optioned left-hander Adam Morgan after the game because they need a fresh arm in the bullpen. He allowed seven hits, four runs, two walks, four home runs and struck out five in 3 2/3 innings. He threw 76 pitches.
"It's a tough pill to swallow," Morgan said. "Right now I think the best thing to do is be around family. Just take it as it comes. Really, I think the biggest thing right now is happiness. You never know what's going to happen in this game, so you've got to be content wherever you are."
The Phillies will make a corresponding move Wednesday.
Mets: The anxiety of his first start in two and a half years behind him, Zack Wheeler (0-1, 11.25 ERA) will look to improve when he returns to the mound for a 7:05 p.m. ET series finale Wednesday at Citizens Bank Park. Conditions, at least, should be better for Wheeler, who debuted on a cold, rainy night last week in New York.
Phillies: Right-hander Vince Velasquez (0-1, 9.00 ERA) pitches the series finale against the Mets. Velasquez struck out 10 on Friday in the Phillies' home opener against the Nationals, but he also lasted only four innings as he threw 94 pitches and allowed five hits, four runs and three walks.
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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast.
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